COLUMBIA, Mo. (KSDK) – In wake of an ESPN investigation detailing a former student who claimed that she'd been raped by numerous Mizzou football players before she committed suicide, the university said in a statement that it has submitted information about the case to the Columbia Police Department.
"After a review of this new information which was previously unavailable to MU, it was determined that the alleged assault occurred off-campus, and therefore lies within the jurisdiction of the CPD," the statement reads. "The university will assist CPD in any way possible as they conduct their investigation."
The Outside the Lines investigation tells the story of Sasha Menu Corey, a swimmer for the university who committed suicide in 2011. She was allegedly raped in 2010 – possibly by one or more members of the Mizzou football team, according to the report.
"For most of 2010, Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey harbored a secret: She believed she'd been raped by a football player. Later that year, her life spiraling downward, Menu Courey began to share her secret with others, including a rape crisis counselor and a campus therapist, records show. In the ensuing months, a campus nurse, two doctors and, according to her journal, an athletic department administrator also learned of her claim that she had been assaulted."
MU claims it was previously unable to move forward with the investigation because Menu Courey and her parents did not file an official complaint, according to the university's statement. It first became aware of the incident in 2012 after reviewing a transcript of a chat between Menu Courey and a crisis hotline.
The university also claims that privacy laws prohibited medical personnel from disclosing information about the alleged sexual assault. In a letter sent to Menu Courey's parents in Jan. 28, an official from the University of Missouri's Office of Student Conduct asked for information about the alleged perpetrators.
"In view of the possibility that the two men referenced in the document were University students, the University's custodian of records forwarded the document to me so I could attempt to determine whether any action could be taken to investigate the conduct involved. It is my understanding that the other documents in Sasha's email account do not contain other information that would identify the two men. In addition, there does not appear to be any indication that Sasha shared information about this incident with anyone at the University or elsewhere. Statements in the document suggest she was at least considering discussing the incident with a therapist, but I do not have any additional information about that. At this point, I am not aware of any other information identifying the two men discussed in the document."
The university claims this request received no response, and that ESPN refused to share the names of anyone who knew about the alleged assault, according to the statement.
After the ESPN report aired, university President Timothy Wolfe sent a letter to the system's chancellors asking for an independent outside investigation into the university's conduct after the incident.
"Such an independent review will be beneficial to all our campuses so that we can determine if there were any shortcomings with respect to MU's handling of this matter and, if so, ways in which to improve the handling of such matters in the future," the letter reads.
You can read ESPN's report here: http://es.pn/1cbb0li.
courYou can read the full letter from the Office of Student Conduct to Courey's parents here: http://bit.ly/19Wf5dY.