MU Addresses Questions Stemming from "Outside the Lines" Report

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 28 2014 Jan 28, 2014 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM CST January 28, 2014 in Mizzou Xtra
By: Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer

COLUMBIA - While the Columbia Police Department is now conducting an investigation into the 2010 alleged rape involving Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, the University of Missouri has responded to some questions many are asking. On Tuesday, MU released a statement that answered six questions it said had been frequently asked since the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report was released Friday.

The first question MU addressed was why the university didn't start an investigation when officials first learned about an allegation of sexual assault. MU responded with: "University of Missouri officials were not aware of any allegation of sexual assault until late 2012. (Sasha died in 2011.) In the process of gathering documents in response to Sasha's parents' Sunshine Law request, MU discovered a transcript of an online chat between Sasha and a crisis hotline that included a reference to an alleged sexual assault. Sasha had never reported this to University officials or requested an investigation while she was alive, and the transcript did not include the name of an assailant or any other specific information that would prompt an investigation. However, after discovering this document, the University contacted the parents and asked if they would like an investigation to take place. The parents did not respond. Therefore, at that point in time, which was after Sasha's death, the University was unable to go forward with an investigation due to no request for an investigation and a lack of specific information. "

MU also addressed the question of whether MU was required to do a Title IX investigation after the Columbia Daily Tribune reported an assault had occurred. MU stated: "The U.S. Department of Education's official guidance on Title IX states, "If a school knows or reasonably should know about student-on-student harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects." The Feb. 12, 2012 Columbia Daily Tribune article contained only these two sentences about an alleged assault: "Menu Courey also wrote in her diary months later that she was sexually assaulted at the end of her freshman year. She did not name the attacker." This information did not suggest that the alleged assault occurred on or near campus or in this country or Canada; nor did it indicate that any other students were involved.

Another common question has been why the university has now turned information over to the Columbia Police. MU said: "The ESPN story included names of individuals who might have relevant information regarding the alleged February 2010 assault. This was the first time that University officials had any concrete information on which to base an investigation. When the name of the man with whom Sasha had consensual sex and at whose residence the alleged assault occurred was revealed, the University checked its records and determined that the man had an off-campus address. Accordingly, the information was referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials, the Columbia Police Department."

When asked about the safety of students and President Wolfe's decision for an investigation, MU responded with: "The University's top priority is the safety and security of its students. Of course, we are concerned about alleged sexual assaults, and the University takes appropriate action to address such allegations...We agree with President Wolfe that the safety and security of our students is our most important priority. While we feel that University of Missouri personnel did everything possible considering the amount of information available at the time to help Sasha Menu Courey, we support a full review of the university's policies and procedures and look forward to any potential improvements that might be identified."

MU also went on to say Sasha was never taken off the swim team, saying she remained enrolled at the University until her death. 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - An Osage Beach man pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of statutory rape, after being charged with... More >>
21 minutes ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 3:53:00 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Columbia man with resisting arrest after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase.... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 3:13:41 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Parks and Recreation in conjunction with GetAbout Columbia is introducing its new CoMO Bike Co-op, with a strong... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 2:44:00 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - Investigators want the public's help in gathering information about the death of Antonio Jefferson , who was... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 2:31:00 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
DUPONT, Wash. (AP) - A U.S. official says the Amtrak train derailment that happened outside of Seattle has killed at... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 1:04:00 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
HOWARD COUNTY - One woman died following a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Highway 5. According to the Missouri... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 12:41:28 PM CST December 18, 2017 in News
MEXICO - Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting over the weekend which left one person... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 11:56:00 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 47-year-old woman is listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head late... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 11:02:00 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - MU police officers arrested a man on Sunday after finding drugs and a modified gun during a traffic... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 10:52:28 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
BRANSON WEST (AP) - Authorities say two people from Kansas have died in a small plane crash in southwest Missouri.... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 10:19:00 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Sunday night on several warrants, including one connected to a shots fired incident in... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 9:31:00 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
UPDATE (3:23 p.m) One employee at the Gates Rubber Corporation suffered minor burns from the fire, according to a press... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 18 2017 Dec 18, 2017 Monday, December 18, 2017 3:12:00 AM CST December 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Power was restored to 1,922 Columbia customers, according to Columbia Water & Light. The outage affected customers... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:35:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A Cape Girardeau man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:00:30 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Three years after picking up a disc for the first time, Cynthia Riccotti is thriving in her quest... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 6:25:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
TIPTON - A family is trying to recover after losing everything in a house fire, and with help from the... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:20:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A boil advisory is in affect for Water Supply District No. 10 in Boone County. According... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:18:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A Kansas City woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal car crash in Camden County... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:48:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
5pm 49°
6pm 47°
7pm 45°
8pm 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
4:00p
The Goldbergs
4:30p
The Goldbergs
5:00p
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Ellen's Game of Games
7:00p
Popstar's Best of 2017
8:00p
The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors 2017
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld