A recent Associated Press story in the State Journal described a review by the U.S. Department of Education into allegations of sexual assault involving Marquette University student-athletes. The review was prompted by recent media stories.
Let me say unequivocally that I welcome the review as an opportunity to ensure we are doing everything possible to provide due process for all involved, to prevent sexual violence and to educate our students about this issue. We have responded promptly to the Department of Education requests for information, providing more than 6,000 pages. We will immediately address any concern, should any be uncovered.
In a letter to colleges and universities nationwide last spring, the Department of Education called for a review of procedures and offered guidelines to help schools address the issue of sexual violence on campuses.
While no charges were filed in the cases under review, Marquette acknowledged mistakes and created a communitywide task force.
Working with Marquette administrators, the task force initiated extensive changes to our response to sexual violence — including automatic reporting to the police, changing the leadership structure of the university and broad-based training of our students.
Since taking office in August, I have made addressing the issue of sexual violence a priority, and I pledge my continued support and leadership.
— Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, president, Marquette University