Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in September 2014, when six students were arrested in connection with two reported rapes on the campus during the same weekend.
One alleged victim of sexual assault has spoken publicly about what she sees as an inadequate response by the institution, telling CNN that the university thoroughly bungled the investigation and behaved indifferently toward her. The university declined to comment to CNN on the case.
Students have protested the institution's handling of sexual assault, specifically demanding that the university reopen its investigation into another student's alleged rape. The protest group alleged that the university ignored key evidence, The Southern Illinoisan reported.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and pledged cooperation with the federal investigation.
This eight-page document bundle includes two letters from the U.S. Department of Education to the university and complainant alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the college.
Authorities are investigating two sexual assaults last weekend at the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University and have arrested six students in connection with the incidents, school officials said Thursday.