Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in October 2012, when one of the university's student newspapers published a letter by a Madison alumna who said she had been assaulted during her time in college. The administration said at the time that it was committed to creating a climate that encourages victims to report their experiences, and pointed to an array of services that are available to such students.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
The campus took part in a climate survey on sexual misconduct that was organized by the Association of American Universities. Madison's results showed that 27.6 percent of undergraduate women who responded to the survey had reported experiencing nonconsensual penetration or sexual touching.
This five-page document bundle includes two letters from the Department of Education to the university and complainant alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.