Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when an Oklahoma State student was accused of sexual battery in 2012, in connection with allegations that he groped male students while they slept, according to news reports by The Oklahoman. The former student pleaded guilty but did not receive jail time.
An outside report on Oklahoma State officials' response to the case said their approach was "misguided," even though it did not break any state or federal laws. The university's Board of Regents later approved a series of policy reforms intended to strengthen responses to alleged sexual assaults.
In May 2014, the Education Department identified Oklahoma State in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and introduced a campaign called "1 is 2 Many," which focuses on prevention and education and was inspired by the White House's actions on campus sexual assault.