Feds Investigate Hopkins over Response to Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault at Johns Hopkins

A federal complaint that alleges Johns Hopkins University violated Title IX — a law against gender discrimination — in its response to sexual assault on campus has led to a federal investigation. The university has pledged its “full cooperation” with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in the investigation.

University spokesman Dennis O’Shea told the Associated Press that the school is not aware of the content of the federal complaint. But they’re certainly aware of the complaint two students filed in May that accused Hopkins of violating Title IX in failing to notify students of an alleged gang rape committed by members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity in 2013. That complaint also alleged that Hopkins allowed the fraternity to continue to host social events during the rape investigation.

According to the AP, Title IX violations can lead to a loss of federal funding, which would be a real blow to Hopkins. The university receives more federal research and development money than any other institution.

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