Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the university's student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, published a lengthy investigation of the issue in 2012.
The University of Chicago was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014.
A student who filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault has spoken publicly about her experience, saying an administrator encouraged her to seek mediation with her then-boyfriend, who she said abused her.
An unnamed male student accused of sexual assault filed a lawsuit against the university in August 2016, claiming the university violated Title IX by discriminating against him and other men through its handling of sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and conducted a campus climate survey, among other things.
The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began formally investigating the University of Chicago after a student's complaint it mishandled her sexual assault case and violated her Title IX rights.