Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in October 2014, when a Chadron State student was arrested in connection with allegations that he had sexually assaulted a female student. He later pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree sexual assault. In December 2015, a different male student was arrested in connection with the alleged assault of another student.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to strengthen its prevention efforts. The college held a conference on the issue of sexual assault, which included contributions from students.