West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 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 former student sued the institution in state court in 2015 for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault in 2012. She alleged that she was pressured to withdraw after reporting an assault by a classmate at an off-campus party and that the school failed to protect her. The school apparently investigated the case and did not find the accused student responsible. The school and three campus officials named as defendants moved to dismiss the lawsuit, and a judge ruled in August 2015 to let some claims proceed.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and prepared information about the reporting process.