Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department determined in 2011 that the university had violated the campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act for failing to disclose two sexual assaults in 2007 and for maintaining insufficient campus-safety policies. Washington State agreed to pay a fine of $15,000.
Washington State was one of the initial 55 colleges under Title IX investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014.
In May 2016, BuzzFeed reported that a female student had been expelled from Washington State after she was found responsible for sexual misconduct in connection with her alleged assault of a male peer. The woman insisted that she was falsely accused and filed a counterclaim, though the full investigation resulted in her expulsion. The university's Title IX coordinator told BuzzFeed that Washington State "takes every complaint of sexual assault seriously."
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and hired additional investigators. Some faculty members have pledged their support in “the fight against sexual assault.”
Letter from the U.S. Department of Education to inform a complainant of the investigation.
This investigation is based on a complaint alleging that Washington State failed to provide a student with a prompt and equitable grievance process following reports of sexual harassment and violence and failed to address a sexually hostile environment.
This five-page document bundle includes two letters from the Department of Education to the university and the complainant, alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university (the data request was mostly re...
As the prevalence of sexual assault culture continues to gain face among college campuses across America, institutions such as Washington State University are always on the move to keep up with effective policy and procedure.