Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2014, when a student filed a lawsuit asserting that the university mishandled her allegation that she had been raped by a prominent member of the men's basketball team. That player, Patrick Swilling Jr., denied the allegations in a letter that was posted online. A judge dismissed the suit in April 2016.
A male student was suspended from the university and criminally charged in October 2016 with more than 20 counts including rape, sexual battery, and voyeurism.
The university released the results of a climate survey on sexual misconduct, in which 5.5 percent of female respondents said they had been forcibly assaulted while enrolled at Tulsa.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its climate and its policies, in line with recommendations from a campus committee known as the Advocacy Alliance and others.
This nine-page document includes two letters of notification (one to the college and the other to the complainant) informing both that an investigation is being opened following the complaint and requesting data from the college.
The summary judgment from U.S. District Judge Terence Kern was originally filed April 7 and was unsealed Friday afternoon in the Northern District of Oklahoma's federal court. The case was scheduled to go to trial next week.