Occidental College instituted the reporting system after coming under fire in recent months for drastically under-reporting women's complaints of sexual assault on campus.
College spokesman Jim Tranquada said the sexual assault reporting system handled 400 such complaints within a 36-hour period this week, the Los Angeles Times reported. The flood of phony rape reports came after members of at least two online communities -- Reddit and 4Chan -- began Monday to talk up the idea of gumming up the reporting system, the newspaper said.
"Feminists at Occidental College created an online form to anonymously report rape/sexual assault," a user wrote Tuesday in a post on Reddit's Men's Rights group. "You just fill out a form and the person is called into the office on a rape charge. The 'victim' never has to prove anything or reveal their identity."
School officials pointed out the reporting system is used to track patterns but not to prompt formal investigations.
User White Throne posted Wednesday a step-by-step guide for anonymously accusing "every 'Feminist' at Occidental College who supported this system" of rape.
"Step three: Watch them squirm as their lives are hanging in the balance over a false rape charge. Step four: Shutdown the BS online form."
At least 50 students and faculty members are signatories to two federal complaints alleging the school mishandled sexual assault allegations.
Occidental officials acknowledged in October they had neglected to report more than 20 rape allegations from 2010 and 2011, and the Times reported this month the school did not disclose 27 sexual assault reports this year.
An Occidental official told the newspaper the school is "exploring options to replace our current anonymous reporting system with a system that continues to encourage survivors to come forward while trying to prevent these type of abuses from outside individuals."
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