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Laramie County Community College Accused of Discrimination

CHEYENNE, Wyo. ― Laramie County Community College is under federal investigation for a sexual discrimination complaint.

The student body was informed Friday that the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in February into allegations that the college had discriminated on the basis of sex in its response to a complaint of sexual misconduct, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

An Office of Civil Rights representative will be on campus interviewing students this week.

LCCC is one of 212 colleges currently under investigation nationwide for one or more instances of sexual violence on campus.

Judy Hay, LCCC’s vice president of student services, wrote in an email to students that the Office of Civil Rights has conducted similar visits to other campuses before.

“At LCCC, OCR is reviewing the College’s overall policy and procedures that would govern College response in the event of student allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination,” she wrote.

College spokesman Ty Stockton says the original complaint of sexual misconduct was filed in 2015.

Hay and Stockton did not specify in their emails what kind of violence was alleged to have taken place, or whether staff or faculty was involved.

“Out of respect for the privacy of all parties involved in incidents of this nature and the integrity of College procedures, the College does not discuss or comment publicly on particular allegations, complaints, or incidents of misconduct,” Hay said.

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