Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when news reports raised questions about how the university had punished three fraternity members who had been found responsible for the sexual assault of a female peer while on a spring-break trip.
A former student who filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault has spoken publicly about her experience.
Another former student who had been accused of sexual assault sued the university over what he said was its mishandling of the case against him.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and convened a Title IX task force to improve the university's handling of sexual-violence cases. Summaries of the task force's activities can be found here.
A state task force in Virginia issued several recommendations in the spring of 2015, including to require public and private colleges to create sexual-assault-response teams, to conduct climate surveys at public colleges every two years, and to develop a state grant program to support research on gender-based-violence prevention. The state legislature also passed two laws, one requiring campus police officers to immediately notify local law-enforcement authorities after opening an investigation into felony sexual assault, and another requiring college employees to report any sexual assault disclosed to them to the campus Title IX coordinator.