Title IX investigation of Ohio universities

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There is an Ohio connection to an investigation into possible violations of reporting sexual violence.

Just two days ago, 2 NEWS told you the White House issued guidelines to universities about the handling of sexual assault cases.  Now, the U. S. Department of Education is looking at whether Title IX (9) amendments that deal with civil rights have been violated.

There are three Ohio universities on the list. The Ohio State University, Denison University in Granville and Wittenberg, which is in the Miami Valley. Wittenberg, located in Springfield, is under investigation for possible violations of how the school has handled incidents of sexual violence and / or harassment among its student population.

The primary goal of such an investigation is to make sure a campus is in compliance with federal law.

Wittenberg responded to 2 NEWS in part with this statement: “We are confident that the investigation will conclude that Wittenberg’s policies and procedures are in full compliance with Title IX and that we have fully cooperated with OCR. As a matter of university policy, we do not comment on pending investigations.”

The reference to OCR is the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Title IX of the education department’s amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex for programs that receive federal money.

The investigation is in the preliminary stages.




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