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University of New Mexico Agrees to Reform Sex Assault Response

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ― The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached an agreement with the University of New Mexico to improve how the school handles and investigates sexual harassment and assault cases.

The agreement comes six months after the Justice Department released an investigative report saying the school failed to comply with federal law in handling sexual assault and harassment complaints.

Under the agreement federal officials say the school will provide training on sexual harassment and assault to students and faculty that clearly outlines where victims can turn for assistance with a complaint.

The U.S. Department of Education has scrutinized schools nationwide for failing to comply with laws designed to protect women on campus. But only the University of New Mexico and University of Montana have been targeted for investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division over their handling of reports.

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