Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
In February 2016, The New York Times reported that the university would review its handling of 18 sexual-misconduct cases after an administrator who was involved in hearings on those cases was publicly accused of such misconduct by a colleague at another university. That month, Indiana announced that the accused party, Jason Casares, director of student ethics and a deputy Title IX coordinator, had resigned. The university did not elaborate on the reasons for his resignation, calling it a personnel matter, but said the allegation was unrelated to his work on campus.
The Association for Student Conduct Administration, of which Mr. Casares and his accuser are members, said at the time the allegation emerged that an investigator it had hired could not substantiate the accuser's claims. Through his lawyer, Mr. Casares has denied the allegations against him.
About two months after the university said it would review the misconduct cases over which Mr. Casares had presided, the administration released a statement on the findings of that inquiry. The university said that those hearings "were conducted without bias or undue influence" and that its processes "were followed, in turn ensuring a fair process for all parties involved."
In June 2016, BuzzFeed reported that a recently opened Title IX investigation at Bloomington was based on a complaint that had been filed in March of that year. The student who filed the complaint said that Indiana's handling of her case was flawed because of the accusation against Mr. Casares. The university said it had been cooperating with the federal investigation, but said it would not share information about the case, citing privacy laws.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and released the results of a climate survey on sexual assault that was conducted at the Bloomington campus. The survey found that 17 percent of undergraduate women who participated said they had experienced "attempted or completed nonconsensual sexual penetration" while at the university.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has issued the following response to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights' inclusion of the IU Bloomington campus on a list of institutions under "investigation" for possible violations of fed...