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Feds Investigate MSU’s Handling Of Sexual Harassment, Violence Complaints

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On the campus of Michigan State University. (credit: Marisa Fusinski/WWJ)

On the campus of Michigan State University. (credit: Marisa Fusinski/WWJ)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Michigan State University’s response to sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints involving students on campus.

Representatives from the department’s Office for Civil Rights will be at the East Lansing campus Wednesday and Thursday to conduct focus groups and office hours for students related to an investigation into sexual harassment and violence complaints pending against the university.

Details of the investigation are not being released, but reportedly will center around whether MSU’s process for handling sexual assaults follow federal guidelines.

In a statement, school spokesman Kent Cassella said the university is cooperating and “responded fully and appropriately to the incidents under investigation.”

Word of the investigation came Tuesday, the same day officials confirmed the Office for Civil Rights is looking at how University of Michigan in Ann Arbor responded to a reported 2009 violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policies by a then-member of the school’s football team. [Read More]

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