Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a female student, Erin Cavalier, spoke publicly about being raped by another student, reporting the incident, then seeing the case mishandled by the college.
Catholic 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.
Ms. Cavalier, who filed a federal complaint against the university, alleged that the university first told her there was not enough evidence to hold a disciplinary hearing, that campus police told her that people under the influence of alcohol can consent to sex, and that the disciplinary process, which ended when the accused student was cleared of the allegations, was a long and frustrating process.
In October 2016, Ms. Cavalier sued the university in federal court. In a written statement, Catholic said it "remains confident that the facts will show that this case was investigated carefully in coordination with local law enforcement and that the university conducted an independent, thorough hearing."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and said it is confident it properly handled the incident involving Ms. Cavalier.