Harvard Law Improves Sex Abuse Policy; U.S. Now Probing 92 Campuses


Harvard Law School didn't comply with federal regulations governing response to sexual harassment at colleges and is taking steps to address the problem, the Wall Street Journal reports. The elite institution joins schools like Princeton University, Tufts University and Southern Methodist University in resolving such cases in recent months. The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has 92 cases under investigation involving campus sexual harassment, including a separate probe of Harvard's undergraduate college.

The office said Harvard Law's harassment policies and procedures didn't comply with Title IX requirements, which bar gender discrimination at schools receiving U.S. aid. Federal officials said the school failed to make “prompt and equitable” responses to complaints, and didn't appropriately respond to two student complaints of sexual assault. The school took more than a year to make its final ruling on one case and barred the complainant from participating in the appeal. The school has bolstered its sexual misconduct response policies, and pledged to make additional moves, including working more closely with the Harvard University Police Department, notifying students and staff about Title IX coordinators and training employees better.

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