Sexual assault gained attention at the university in October 2014, when the Houston Chronicle reported that two former students were suing the university over their roles in what the administration determined to be a sexual assault of a third party. The two students, a couple, were expelled after a university inquiry. A federal judge dismissed their lawsuit in May 2015, but they are appealing. No criminal charges were filed in connection with the third party's allegations.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its policies and climate.
This 14-page document bundle includes letters from the Department of Education to the university and the complainant, alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.