Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2013 when reports surfaced that the college had investigated its debate team the previous year for alleged sexual misconduct.
A student who filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault in 2012 told The Seattle Times that Whitman did not take any disciplinary action against the perpetrator.
Several alleged victims of sexual assault have anonymously shared stories of what they see as an inadequate response by the institution.
Whitman has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and revised its sexual-misconduct-response process.
Whitman College is under investigation for a possible violation of federal law over the handling of sexual-violence and harassment complaints, the federal Education Department's Office of Civil Rights office confirmed Tuesday.