CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Marshall University's handling of a student's sexual assault report on campus last year is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education.
A report from The Charleston Gazette-Mail claims a female student complained to the department's Office for Civil Rights that the university failed to promptly address her report. The report also claimed the university retaliated against her for reporting the allegedly assault.
The newspaper says Marshall President Jerome Gilbert was alerted about the complaint in January.
According to Marshall's response to the investigation, a man entered into a plea bargain with the Cabell County prosecutor's office on a misdemeanor battery charge. The alleged assault occurred in a residence hall.
Marshall spokeswoman Ginny Painter says the university acted appropriately in its response to the incident and that Marshall is cooperating with the investigation.