Sexual assault and harassment gained attention on the campus in 2010, when the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights started a compliance review of Ohio State's policies involving the gender-equity law known as Title IX.
In May 2014, the Education Department identified Ohio State in its initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
During the course of OCR's review, the university conducted an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment within its renowned marching band. In July 2014, the university fired the band's director after releasing a report concluding that he had overseen a culture of rampant harassment.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and agreed to take additional steps to improve its policies as part of the resolution agreement.
After OCR resolved the case that included Ohio State's investigation of its marching band, the office opened another inquiry regarding the university's handling of sexual-violence cases.
This six-page document bundle includes two letters from the Department of Education to the university and the complainant, alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.
This 7-page document bundle includes letters from the Education Department to the university informing it that an investigation is being opened.
This case stemmed from a compliance review by the Office for Civil Rights. The university reached a resolution agreement with OCR after the office found that Ohio State's policies had violated Title IX. The department credited the university with taking steps to improve its compliance with Title IX and its climate during the review.