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Princeton University violated Title IX by mishandling sexual assault complaints, says federal agency

Princeton University violated Title IX by mishandling sexual assault complaints, says federal agency

Department of Education officials announced that Princeton University violated Title IX by not providing consistent sexual misconduct policies, the New York Daily News reported.

In a statement released Wednesday, the federal agency said the Ivy League institution is also not responding to the complaints of sexual assaults quickly enough.

The findings were made public following a wave of criticism about how universities deal with sexual assault. More than 80 colleges, including Columbia, Yale, and Swarthmore, are currently being investigated after students filed federal complaints alleging the schools mishandled claims of sexual abuse on campus.

Title IX is a federal law aimed at ending sexual discrimination in education. In part, it dictates how schools that receive federal funds must respond to claims of sexual harassment. Institutions that violate Title IX when it comes to handling sexual abuse may be held accountable through loss of federal funding or by civil lawsuits filed by victims.

Princeton officials acknowledged that the college has to update its policies in accordance with DOE law and it does not appear the storied university will face any consequences.

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