TOPEKA (KSNT) – Washburn University says it needs more time to respond to a federal investigation into how the Topeka-based institution handles sexual assault complaints. Earlier this month Washburn a was added to a national list of colleges and universities under federal investigation for the university’s response to complaints about sexual crimes involving two students.
The complaint was made in April however Washburn was not notified until July 1st.
The university was ordered to submit its sexual assault policies and procedures to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil rights, but Kansas First news has learned the school is asking for an extension of the July 31st deadline for that material.
University Spokesperson Amanda Hughes tells Kansas First News today the university’s attorney has requested the extension because of the volume of documents and information that is being sought in the case. The school is asking for a four to six week extension. There’s no word yet whether the request will be granted.
Washburn University President Jerry Farley said university police investigated the case and sent the findings the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. The student who was accused in the case was punished for violating student codes.
Farley said sexual assault is rare at Washburn University, which is the only higher education institution on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights list of 66 post-secondary institutions with current Title IX sexual violence investigations. Farley says he’s confident with their current safety procedures and wants to reiterate the Washburn is a safe campus.
Earlier Farley pledged full cooperation with the federal probe, and also full confidence in the school’s police department and its policies.