The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate a complaint alleging that the University of Connecticut violated Title IX when it “did not respond promptly and effectively to complaints and other information indicating that students have been subjected to sexual violence, including sexual harassment, and that students have, as a consequence, been subjected to a sexually hostile environment,” OCR told the university Monday. The complaint was filed in October by seven Connecticut students who subsequently sued the university, saying officials failed to protect them from sexual assault. General Counsel Richard Orr said in a statement that officials expected the review and “look forward” to working with OCR.
Connecticut President Susan Herbst sparked protest last month by saying the students’ claims were “astonishingly misguided and demonstrably untrue.” She later said she was not implying that students lied, but that their claim of “institutional indifference” was inaccurate.
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