MANHATTAN (KSNT) – Add Kansas State University to the growing list of schools being investigated by the federal government for how sexual assaults on campus are handled.
K-State officials confirm the school got notification of the investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in early August, and has been working to supply information to investigators.
A list of schools with open Title IX sexual violence investigations by OCR was first released in May. Since then Washburn University in Topeka and the University of Kansas in Lawrence have been added.
In each case, OCR has declined to comment on what prompted the investigation. However, Kansas First News has previously reported the cases can be initiated by someone filing a complaint against the school’s handling of an alleged sexual assault or OCR investigators may have questions during routine contact with the school.
Cindy Hollingsworth, Director of News and Communication Services at KSU says the school is taking the inquiry seriously.
“Kansas State University takes any allegation of sexual violence very seriously and will cooperate fully with the OCR investigation,” she says in a statement to us. “To protect the privacy of those involved, it is the university’s policy not to comment on pending investigations. Kansas State University if fully committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the K-State community.”