WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two female students have sued Kansas State University, alleging it has refused to investigate their rapes at off-campus fraternity houses.
The two civil rights lawsuits filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas contend the university's practice endangers students and violates federal law by creating a hostile learning environment for victims.
The suits say Kansas State is under a federal Title IX investigation.
The students' attorney, Cari Simon, says the U.S. Department of Education has said schools have an obligation to respond to such complaints, even if they occur off campus. She says Kansas State's position is an outlier.
The lawsuits cite police reports that indicate at least 11 rapes were alleged to have happened at Kansas State fraternities since 2012.
Kansas State provided this statement to FOX 4 on Wednesday afternoon:
Kansas State University does not discuss litigation matters in the media, nor do we publicly discuss individual reports of discrimination, including sexual violence.
The university has a strong policy prohibiting discrimination, including sexual violence, and provides a multitude of resources and assistance to students and employees. The university’s anti-discrimination policy can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/policies/ppm/3000/3010.html. The policy addresses off-campus conduct in compliance with Title IX.