Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the student newspaper reported on sexual-misconduct allegations made by a male student against his ex-boyfriend. The accuser described the relationship as abusive, saying he was subject to unwanted sexual contact. The university found the accused student responsible, issued a disciplinary warning, and ordered him to complete a program on sexual-assault prevention. The accused student said Brandeis had not treated him fairly throughout the process and filed a federal complaint against the university. He also sued the university in April 2015. In March 2016, a federal judge ruled that the accused student's lawsuit could proceed.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and implemented bystander training for faculty members, staff, and students.
The "campus context" section has been updated to clarify that the accused student in the case, not the accuser, filed the federal Title IX complaint that sparked the investigation.
This investigation was prompted by the complaint detailed above.
The investigation was administratively closed by the Education Department, which means there is no letter of findings or resolution agreement.
In a closure letter, the department's Office for Civil Rights wrote that the investigation was closed because the complainant filed a duplicative lawsuit in federal court. "In addition," the letter reads, "OCR has not obtained sufficient evidence to support a finding with regard to the allegations filed with OCR."
The Doe decision represents the strongest critique of any university?s sexual assault disciplinary procedures since the Department of Education issued its Title IX Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence in April 2011.