Sexual assault gained attention at Delaware in December 2013, when a female student sued the university, saying it had mishandled her report of being sexually assaulted by an athlete.
The Education Department later added the university to a list of institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
In September 2014, students demonstrated after reports that a professor had been placed on leave following accusations that he offered a student a top grade in exchange for sexual favors.
In February 2016, the university released the results of a campus-climate survey on sexual misconduct. Fourteen percent of more than 18,000 degree-seeking undergraduates completed the survey. Nearly 31 percent of women and 10 percent of men who finished the survey said they had experienced one or more incidents of stalking, an abusive relationship, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape during their time in college. The university cautioned that the low response rate meant that the findings did not represent "a valid measure of rates of sexual misconduct across the entire undergraduate population."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its climate, including overhauling its sexual-misconduct policies and hiring new employees to address reported sexual assaults.