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  • Feds probe Missouri S&T over sex assault response

  • The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the growing list of schools being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sex abuse complaints.
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  • The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the growing list of schools being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sex abuse complaints.
    The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights on Wednesday made public the names of an additional 12 schools facing inquiries under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination on campus.
    The Education Department had previously released a list of 55 universities under investigation as part of a broader Obama administration effort.
    University spokesman Andrew Careaga declined to discuss details about the federal inquiry or any incidents that led to the probe but said the Rolla school has vigorous efforts in place to combat deter and treat sexual assault.
    The Department's Office for Civil Rights pledged to update the log on a weekly basis.
    Some of the investigations came from complaints made to the Department, while others were launched following compliance reviews.
    The Department has said just because a school is listed does not mean it has violated the law, only that it is under investigation. The list does not include any details about what prompted complaints.
    The schools on the list range from small colleges to large universities, across 32 states.
    Other newly named schools include the University of Alaska System of Higher Education, Colorado State University in Fort Collins; Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; Berklee College of Music in Boston; The University of Akron in Ohio; Cisco Junior College in Texas; Morgan State University in Baltimore; the University of Delaware; Elmira College in Elmira, New York; University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia; and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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