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Fixes Promised for Sex Assault Reporting at Hoosier, American University Campuses

There are 16 open sex assault cases at Indiana universities.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--You're being promised action from the federal government on how colleges deal with sex assaults. As of September, there are 16 open sex assault cases at colleges in Indiana.

"Survivors, victims of a lack of due process, and campus administrators have all told me that the current approach does a disservice to everyone involved," said Education Sec. Betsy DeVos, Thursday.


Since the Obama-era enforcement mandates of Title IX, a 1972 law that requires universities to investigate sexual assault claims, there have been complaints that the process is cumbersome. RTV6 reports the firt Title IX investigation at IU in Bloomington has not yet been resolved.

Only two Title IX investigations in Indiana have actually been resolved. One of those was at Notre Dame. The university agreed to better publicize how to file a sex assault report.

"We must do better because the current approach isn't working," said DeVos.

Schools in Indiana with Title IX investigations include one at Ball State, one at Grace College and Seminary, one at Hanover College, five at IU Bloomington, one at IU Purdue at Ft. Wayne, two at Purdue-West Lafayette, two at Notre Dame, one at Valparaiso and two at Vincennes.

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