USC Investigated by Education Department for Sex Assault Response

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The U.S. government is investigating the University of Southern California’s handling of reported cases of rape on its campus near downtown Los Angeles, school officials said on Monday. Reuters reports that the sex discrimination probe by the U.S. Department of Education came in response to a complaint by the school’s Student Coalition Against Rape.

Tucker Reed, a student who founded the group earlier this year, said the university did not respond properly when she reported being sexually assaulted. Jody Shipper, the school’s chief of equity and diversity, said the university was told by federal officials that the complaint had been filed in May by two students who alleged sex discrimination based on the university’s handling of the reports of assaults.

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