CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is looking into Marshall University’s handling of a student’s report that she was sexually assaulted on campus last year.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a female student complained to the department’s Office for Civil Rights that the university failed to promptly address her report and retaliated against her for reporting the allegedly assault.
The newspaper says Marshall President Jerome Gilbert was alerted about the complaint in January.
The alleged assault occurred in a residence hall. According to Marshall’s response to the investigation, a man entered into a plea bargain with the Cabell County prosecutor’s office on a misdemeanor battery charge.
Marshall spokeswoman Ginny Painter says the university acted appropriately in its response to the incident and that Marshall is cooperating with the investigation.