Feds review Marquette response to assault reports
The U.S. Department of Education is reviewing how Marquette
University handled two cases of alleged sexual assault involving
athletes, and agency spokeswoman said.
The review falls under the federal Clery Act, the same act that
prompted federal authorities to investigate sexual abuse
allegations involving former assistant Penn State football coach
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that
participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose
information about crime on or near their campuses.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in May
that law enforcement couldn’t adequately investigate the two
alleged sexual assault cases because Marquette’s public safety
department didn’t tell authorities about the allegations and
Chisholm therefore couldn’t file charges.
The school had previously advised students of available options,
including reporting the allegations to the police department. The
school has since changed its protocol to start notifying police
immediately of sexual assault allegations.
Jane Glickman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education,
declined to discuss the details until investigators issue a
determination letter. Marquette was told it was under investigation
on Oct. 4. Glickman said the review was under way.
The federal Office of Student Aid can fine schools for
violations of the Clery Act. Such fines can be as high as $27,500
Marquette spokeswoman Mary Pat Pfeil told the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel (http://bit.ly/sYmWom ) the department has not requested
”As it has in other cases involving reports of sexual violence
on college campuses, the U.S. Department of Education is conducting
a paper program review of Marquette University relative to
reporting required under the Clery Act,” she said. ”The
university has provided USDE with all requested information.”
Marquette has not identified which sport the athletes
participated in. Interim athletic director Mike Broeker said all
the athletes involved were disciplined under the student conduct
code as well as athletic department rules. He did not disclose the
In an October 2010 case, one of the four accused athletes said
the athletes and the coaching staff met and discussed the incident
before any law enforcement officer was able to interview the
suspects. In addition, one of the athletes allegedly involved
texted the accuser during that meeting, asking whether she had
reported the incident at Marquette’s Public Safety Department.
In a separate incident, an athlete was accused of sexually
assaulting a woman Feb. 27 on campus. Public Safety did not tell
police about it, and the female student reported it to police March