New Marquette AD confronts school's past sex assault allegations

CREATED Dec. 6, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec. 7, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- Sex assault allegations continue to haunt the Marquette University athletic department.

But Tuesday, the school named Larry Williams its new athletic director, and he's promising a culture of change.

Some tough questions fired at the new A.D. today in his introductory press conference, but are students and faculty buying the "guarantees?"  

The press immediately brought the heat asking Larry Williams about the two cases of alleged sexual assault by student athletes in 2010.

Marquette disciplined the athletes but those cases were not immediately forwarded to Milwaukee Police, as required by state law.

In a one on one with Williams, TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan asked about integrity. "Integrity is one of the hallmarks of Father Pilarz' leadership," Williams responded. "And I'm very confident that the processes and the policies that he is putting in place will absolutely address any deficiencies that we have."

Many feel with those new policies, a new president and now a new A.D. things will change.  "i think they're going to have to crack down.  i think they will especially with everything that happened.  So I do have high hopes, but I'm an optimistic person" senior Aria Debenny told us.

Philosophy Professor Nancy Snow, agrees and released this statement.  "...Marquette has no choice but to get its act together.  So when Larry Williams says 'not on my watch,' I tend to believe him."

But some are still not convinced.  Junior Josh Woolwine says, "I'm optimistic you know that he'll be able to change the culture you know saying not under his watch but we won't know unless he proves it."

Both women later reported the alleged assaults to police.  Prosecutors decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge the athletes, but now the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating how Marquette handled those allegations.