Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in February 2015, when local news outlets reported on campus protests involving the alleged spiking of drinks at a fraternity. Many students raised safety concerns and pressed the administration to do more to prevent assaults.
In March of that year, the university's Title IX coordinator outlined steps the administration said it was taking to update its policies and procedures. In August, the local news media described other key policy changes, including the university's expansion of definitions of consent, the appeals process, and the rights of parties involved in sexual-assault allegations.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its handling of alleged assault cases.