MSU among schools facing sex assault investigation

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Education Department says Minot State University is among 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. It is the same law that guarantees girls equal access to sports, but it also regulates institutions’ handling of sexual violence and increasingly is being used by victims who say their schools failed to protect them.

Minot State University spokeswoman Alysia Huck says the school “is in full cooperation” with the investigation. She declined further comment.

The federal agency says a school’s appearance on the list does not mean that it has violated the law, but that an investigation is ongoing.

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