Three high-profile cases of alleged sexual assault have called attention to the issue on campus.
In March 2015, The Duke Chronicle, the university's student newspaper, reported that the men's basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon, who had been dismissed from the team two months before, had been the subject of two sexual-assault allegations during the 2013-14 academic year, though neither of the women filed formal complaints. The newspaper also reported that the basketball program knew of the allegations as early as 10 months before the player was dismissed. He denied the allegations to ESPN and said he had had two meetings with the Office of Student Conduct. Duke did not comment on the allegations, except to say that it "takes immediate action when a student reports allegations of sexual misconduct or other violations of the student conduct code."
In January 2015, a female student reported to police that she was raped in a fraternity house. Among other things, the incident prompted the university to suspend the chapter and the campus Interfraternity Council to launch a review of the Greek system's role in campus sexual assault.
In 2014, a senior who had been expelled after being found responsible for a sexual assault sued the university, claiming he was falsely accused and that Duke botched its investigation, and demanding he be allowed to graduate.
In another case, an alleged victim sued the institution in August 2016, arguing that it had mishandled her report of a "drug-facilitated rape" by two other students, one the stepson of a former senior administrator.
Students have protested the university’s handling of sexual assault.
Rasheed Sulaimon's dismissal from the Duke basketball program is clouded by allegations of sexual assault, which surfaced nearly a year before he was released from the team in January. Multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed that me...
New details have come to light regarding the sexual assault claim against Alpha Delta Phi indicating that a freshman female student was possibly drugged and taken from a party to a senior fraternity member's apartment, where she may have been raped.