The federal probe has lasted nearly a year and a half and is still ongoing. Most investigations like it take about six months.
Defenders say VMI has worked hard to recruit women and make them comfortable since the U.S. Supreme Court ordered co-education in 1997. Still, the school has few women. Of the 1,500 cadets on the Shenandoah Valley campus, 126 are women.
Federal authorities are also investigating alleged sexism in VMI's tenure and promotion policies. A rule requiring cadets to resign once they marry or conceive a child is also under scrutiny.