Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the college took the surprising step in March 2015 of asking the Office for Civil Rights to investigate its handling of three cases of alleged sexual assaults. It did so just before The Huffington Post published an article detailing those cases, and the women's allegations that the university failed to handle their complaints fairly. The office declined the college's request because a group of students had filed a federal complaint against the college in February, The Huffington Post reported. The office opened an investigation of Grinnell in July 2015.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online.
This 10-page document packet includes a letter (and data request to the university and one to the complainant alerting both that an investigation was being opened.
The Office for Civil Rights resolved this investigation by administrative closure. The office said in its closure letter that the complaint had been withdrawn, and that the college had revised its Title IX policy and grievance procedure. In light of those developments, OCR determined that there were no longer any systemic issues to investigate, so it closed the case.