KSU under investigation for sexual assault complaint

By Bethany Knipp

Kansas State University communications confirmed that the school is under investigation for a complaint about the way a sexual assault was handled.

The university and 76 other colleges, including the University of Kansas, are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

“They get a complaint and they add us to the list and conduct an investigation,” said Jeff Morris, K-State’s vice president of communications and marketing.

He said the investigation began Aug. 4 and the list of the 76 colleges under investigation was published Aug. 13. He said he had not seen the complaint and did not know when it was filed. Morris said the incident that is being investigated happened several years ago, but would not specify what year. He also would not say what the complaint alleged, citing privacy and confidentiality concerns.

“We take any kind of issue of this sort very seriously,” Morris said about the handling of sexual assaults.

The K-State communications department released a statement :

“Kansas State University takes any allegation of sexual violence very seriously and will cooperate fully with the OCR investigation. To protect the privacy of those involved, it is the university’s policy not to comment on pending investigations. Kansas State University is fully committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the K-State community.”

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