The university's compliance with Title IX gained attention on the campus in 2015, when The New York Times reported that a campus group had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the university failed to protect women from a sexually hostile environment. The filing of the complaint came after a student was killed in an off-campus home. The complaint did not allege that Mary Washington was responsible for the student's death, but a lawyer for the students told the newspaper that the victim and other women were being threatened "routinely," and that they "lived in a state of fear."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its prevention and education programs, including through a grant from the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.
In a complaint to be filed Thursday, members of a feminist student group say that the University of Mary Washington in Virginia failed to protect them from a “sexually hostile” and threatening environment.