Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2014, when The Oregonian published an article chronicling the story of Brenda Tracy, a woman who in 1998 reported to the police that she had been gang raped by four men. Two of the alleged assailants were football players at Oregon State. The team's coach suspended the players for one game, and a criminal case against them was eventually dropped.
After Ms. Tracy came forward, the university's president apologized to her for "any failure on our part in 1998 in not helping her through this terrible ordeal."
In 2016, Ms. Tracy spoke to the football team at the University of Nebraska about her experience. The team's coach, Mike Riley, was Oregon State's coach at the time she reported being raped.
A 2016 article in The Huffington Post highlighted many of the university's efforts to shore up its response to sexual violence. The article stated that those efforts might make Oregon State "one of the most progressive schools in the country."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to strengthen its policies, build awareness, and enhance education for its students and employees, among other things.
This seven-page document bundle includes letters from the Department of Education to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university (most of the data request is redacted).