May 23, 2012 5:47 PM by Irina Cates (Missoula)

Feds launch Title IX investigation at UM

The University of Montana is now the subject of a second federal investigation, with officials confirming that they will be evaluating the school's compliance with Title IX.

This comes just several weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it will investigate how UM, the Missoula Police Department, and the Missoula County Attorney's Office handled sexual assault allegations earlier this month.

The U.S. Department of Education has confirmed to us it started a formal investigation and the agency's Office for Civil Rights is conducting the Title IX review in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education says the compliance review will look at "whether the university's policies and procedures, and the university's implementation of those, ensure the elimination of sexual harassment and sexual violence, appropriately respond to such harassment and violence, and eliminate the hostile environment and its effects that result from such harassment."

The review will also examine whether the university responded promptly and appropriately to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.


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