Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in May 2016, when the university's president released a statement following controversy over the alleged sexual assault of a student on campus. The president, Jerome A. Gilbert, said Marshall treated sexual misconduct with "the utmost gravity, while respecting the rights of all parties."
Postings on social media accused the university of "compromising a victim's safety by granting a suspect's appeal for reinstatement with criminal cases still pending," according to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
The Marshall student who was indicted in connection with the allegations was eventually sentenced to three years' probation.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its education and prevention programs, including through the Obama administration's "It's on Us" campaign.