- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Grand Valley State University is being investigated for its handling of sexual abuse complaints.

WOOD-TV reports the Allendale school has been added a list of higher education institutions facing Title IX (nine) probes. According to The Grand Rapids Press, that number now stands at 85.

In May, the education department’s Office for Civil Rights announced 55 colleges and universities were the targets of such investigations. The initial list included both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

In a statement Wednesday, Grand Valley says it’s “cooperating fully with the inquiry” and “believes it is in full compliance with all its Title IX responsibilities.”

Title IX is a federal gender anti-discrimination law. It dictates how colleges and universities must protect students from sexual assault.

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