Sexual assault gained attention on the campus because of a handful of high-profile cases.
In 2013, a University of Miami philosopher, Colin McGinn, resigned amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit messages to a graduate student in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, that graduate student filed a federal lawsuit against the university, alleging it failed to satisfy its Title IX responsibilities by failing to investigate her harassment complaints against Mr. McGinn.
An alleged victim of sexual assault has spoken publicly about what she sees as an inadequate response by the institution. The female student said she was raped by a male student in 2014. The university responded by suspending the male student for the fall semester. The case then took an unexpected turn the next semester, when the female student said the male student beat her on two occasions. Both police and, exceptionally, the university's then-president, Donna Shalala, said the beating allegations were unfounded.
In February 2016, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times reported that the university had declined to renew the contract of an adjunct professor who aided women who said they had been raped. The article stated that the administration supported the professor's efforts, until she spoke out on behalf of the student whose allegation against a peer was eventually called unfounded. The university told the newspaper that it shares the professor's concerns about sexual assault and denied that her advocacy was a factor in her nonrenewal.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
Colin McGinn, a prominent philosopher at the University of Miami, is leaving amid allegations that he sent improper messages to a graduate student, dividing philosophers at his institution and across the country.