If the investigation happens, what will be the preferred punishment for those found guilty?

The College Fix reports.

Feminists threaten Virginia university for not investigating ‘sexism’ on social media

‘We appreciate any guidance’ from the feds

The anonymous social-media app Yik Yak may be facing its biggest threat yet, owing to boorish posts against feminists at the University of Mary Washington (UMW).

The Virginia university is under fire as well for not seeking to identify the posters of crude but nonthreatening content on the app.

Dozens of feminist and civil rights groups asked the federal government to penalize universities that do not monitor, identify and punish students who post offensive content on apps like Yik Yak.

Yet shooting the messenger won’t do anything to solve the longstanding problems of harassment on campus, and punishing students for speech is probably unconstitutional, according to academics at other colleges.

‘Derogatory’ statements equal ‘harassment’

Led by the Feminist Majority Foundation, which publishes Ms. magazine, the groups’ Oct. 20 letter to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said UMW is violating regulations against discrimination by sex, race, color and national origin.

They pointed to a 2010 OCR letter to universities that said Internet harassment should be monitored like any other kind of harassment. (Yik Yak, which has been compared to a hyperlocal version of Twitter, was founded years later by students at Furman University.)