An independent report released Friday says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer’s suicide.
The report concludes administrators on the Columbia campus should have investigated 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey’s 2011 death after her parents raised questions about the events leading to her suicide. Menu Courey alleged she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year by as many as three football players, 16 months before she died.
The school previously said it didn’t act sooner under the Title IX law because neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn’t respond to a later request for information.
The case has since been referred to Columbia police.