Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department added it to a list of institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
In April 2016, The New York Times reported that two students had sued Kansas State over their allegations that they had been raped at different off-campus fraternity houses. The students accused the university of not doing enough to investigate their reports. A Kansas State spokeswoman said the university does not comment on litigation or individual reports of sexual violence. But she said the university had a "strong policy prohibiting discrimination" that covered off-campus conduct.
The Times later reported that the federal government had intervened in the two students' lawsuits against Kansas State, telling the university that it had to investigate reports of rape in off-campus fraternity houses. In court filings, the government said that the students' Title IX claims should be allowed to proceed.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and assembled a task force to make recommendations for a strategy to address sexual violence.