Insufficient evidence exists to establish probable cause or prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bob Jones University employees failed to report knowledge of criminal sexual conduct against juvenile students, the Greenville City Police Department said Monday.
The police investigation stemmed from a high-profile report that found students who reported sexual abuse were blamed for bringing it on themselves and that proper authorities were not notified. The Police Department’s seven-month investigation centered on allegations that teachers, counselors and school administrators at the school may have known about crimes of a sexual nature against students but did not report it.
In 2012, Bob Jones University contracted with an independent, nonprofit organization — Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment — to investigate its handling of reports of sexual abuse. The two-year investigation is commonly called the GRACE report and included discussions with 40 victims who detailed abuse over a 40-year period.