ROLLA, Mo. -

An independent report says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide.  The report released Friday says administrators on the Columbia campus should have investigated the death of 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey in 2011 after her parents raised questions about the events leading to her suicide.

Menu Courey told a counselor that she was sexually assaulted by as many as three football players 16 months before she died.

The school previously said it didn't act sooner under the Title IX law because neither Menu Courey nor her parents sought a police investigation and didn't respond to a later request for information.  The case now has been referred to Columbia police.

The external report was prepared by the Dowd Bennett law firm.

Here's a statement by Chancellor Bowen Loftin in response to the report.