Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in the fall of 2013, when the university issued a crime alert after reports of three sexual assaults, one that may have involved date-rape drugs.
DU was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014.
A former student sued the university in the summer of 2014, saying it was "deliberately indifferent" to the "severe and pervasive sexual harassment in the form of a violent rape" she reported. According to the lawsuit, the accused student was found not responsible despite admitting that he had handcuffed, strangled, and bit the woman during what he called "rough consensual sex."
A group of faculty members, concerned with what they perceived as the university’s "alarmingly blithe" public statements, circulated a petition urging the new chancellor "to address the issue of sexual violence on our campus more proactively."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, held a sexual-assault-awareness summit, and publicly detailed other efforts to improve prevention and response.