SLU Case Highlights the Gray Areas of Campus Sex Assault Investigations

October 12, 2015

By Koran Addo at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In March 2014, after a night of partying, two St. Louis University students ended up in bed together at a house off-campus.

Two months later, the man got a letter from the university telling him he was under investigation for sexual assault.

The investigation carried on for months. During the inquiry, it was never disputed that the woman packed an overnight bag, willingly walked to the man’s house, got into his bed and had sex with him.

The pivotal question is whether the man knew the woman was too drunk to consent.

Initially, SLU suspended the student for a year just as he was preparing to graduate.

Two months later, the university reversed itself and cleared him of any blame — but not before holding his education in limbo.

Similar stories have played out across the country. Each has added to a wider conversation about whether universities should be handling rape investigations, whether they are particularly good at them and whether their procedures are slanted too far in favor of the accusers...

Schools: University of Missouri at St. Louis Swarthmore College Occidental College