Feds investigating UT’s response to report of sexual violence

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating a complaint filed about the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s response to a report of sexual violence.

School officials said in an email Thursday “an individual” filed the complaint and the university plan to “cooperate fully” with their investigation.

In the email address faculty, staff and students, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek says the OCR told the school it will act as a neutral fact-finder and it has not made a determination with regard to the merits of the complaint.

Specifics on the complaint have yet to be released.

Chancellor Cheek also said UT has “taken significant steps to address sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking” over the past several years.

This past year, the university says it implemented a multitude of policies and tools to help victims and spread awareness of sexual violence issues.

Cheek said UT “enhanced our care and support for victims; increased our prevention and educational efforts; published statistics on reports of sexual assault and on care and support for victims; and created a website with a full list of resources and educational tools.”

The school plans to increase those efforts and resources this upcoming year with the implementation of a final policy on sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking this August.

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