Scrutiny of Notre Dame Over a Suicide

November 22, 2010

A 19-year-old woman in her first year at St. Mary's College of Indiana killed herself nine days after she reported that she had been sexually attacked by a football player at the neighboring institution, the University of Notre Dame, and campus officials did not report her allegations to the authorities investigating the woman's death, the Chicago Tribune reported. Notre Dame records show that a sexual assault complaint was filed, but university officials declined to comment on how they handled the investigation and why they didn't share information about it after the woman killed herself. After the story appeared on Sunday, Brian Kelly, the Notre Dame football coach, said in a conference call with reporters that the matter was one for the university, not the football program, to handle. While the Tribune hasn't identified the football player who was accused, the newspaper said that he remains on the team.

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