Kansas, Washburn respond to sexual assault investigation

KU Campus (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kansas – The University of Kansas and Washburn University are both on the list of schools being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

A spokeswoman at Washburn says it’s a very thorough investigation.

“We are in the process of gathering documents and information that the Office of Civil Rights has asked for,” says Amanda Hughes with Washburn University. “So, our attorney has asked for an extension of time based on the amount of information that we are gathering.”

Hughes will not discuss exactly what the government is after in its investigation. However, the U.S. Department of Education is asking 71 colleges and universities to comply with an investigation into how schools handle accusations of sexual violence against women on campus.

The response from the University of Kansas comes from Vice Provost Tammara Durham.

“Our existing policies and practices follow federal guidelines and include efforts to prevent sexual violence and harassment, measures to respond, and resources to assist,” says Durham

Washburn says it has a safe campus while it complies with the federal investigation.

“We think it’s a very, very safe campus,” says Hughes. “And we take allegations of sexual harassment or violence very seriously.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights did not give a response how wide the investigation is or when it will be  wrapped up.”

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