No Title IX Violations Found In Handling Of Former Student's Rape Report At Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After nearly two years of investigating, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has determined Indiana University did not violate Title IX in its handling of an alleged 2015 sexual assault involving two then-students.
“I think that this is absolutely wrong,” said Hailey Rial, a former IU student who filed the Title IX complaint against IU. “I’m truly disappointed in this. It just shows survivors that we can do all we can to get justice, but we still won’t get it."
Title IX requires universities to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, and requires universities to create an educational environment free of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment.
Rial filed the Title IX complaint against IU on March 3, 2016, accusing IU of failing to follow proper procedures following her alleged rape, including taking too long to investigate and initially charging her to move dorms.
Rial reported she was raped at an off-campus fraternity recruiting event during her freshman year. She went to the hospital for a rape kit and filed a police report.
“I was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance that I had met that night," Rial said. “I had a lot to drink that night, so I couldn't consent. He assaulted me in one of the bedrooms."
Rial said the university investigated her alleged perpetrator for sexual misconduct, but he was found not responsible.
No criminal charges were filed.