Sexual assault gained attention on the campus after several high-profile cases involving students in recent years. Two notable cases, in 2011 and 2012, involved former members of the university's men's hockey team. In the 2011 case, Corey Trivino, a team member, pleaded guilty to lesser felony charges for assaulting a woman in her dorm. In the 2012 case, rape charges were dropped against Max Nicastro, another former hockey player.
Boston University was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014.
Two women, one a current student and one a former student, sued the institution in April 2016, claiming that a prominent music professor sexually harassed them and that administrators failed to stop it, The Boston Globe reported. A university spokesman told the Globe that the institution could not comment because it had not seen the complaint.
Students have organized to urge the institution to improve its sexual-assault prevention and response.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and said that it was complying fully.
A previous version of the “campus context” section said that students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault, when in fact they have organized to urge the institution to improve its sexual-assault prevention and response.
Corey N. Trivino, the one-time top scorer for Boston University's hockey team, pleaded guilty today to assault and battery charges as the woman he terrorized inside her dormitory room in December told him he had changed her life -- for the worse.
Rape charges filed against former Boston University hockey player Max Nicastro were dropped today by Suffolk County prosecutors who wrote in court papers they were not able to prove the case against the star defenseman.
It's been a rough year for Boston University. BU police have received nine reports of sexual assault and five reports of rape so far this academic year, including two very high-profile cases involving former members of the men's ice hockey team.
As dawn broke yesterday over Boston University, the school's nationally ranked hockey team found itself further tainted with scandal as a star defenseman was arrested for allegedly raping a female student on the riverside campus.