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Thu Dec 11, 2014, 02:19 PM

Feds: SMU violated law on gender, sex harassment

Southern Methodist University violated federal discrimination laws and has agreed to provide a safer environment for students who allege sexual assault or other gender-based violence, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

SMU violated Title IX, a 1972 law that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities.

The Education Department earlier this year released the names of dozens of schools, including SMU, facing Title IX sexual violence investigations. Some have reached similar agreements. About 90 schools still face reviews, among them two other Texas schools the University of Texas-Pan American and Cisco Junior College.

Between June 2011 and March 2013, the agency received three complaints alleging SMU did not promptly or equitably respond to reports of gender harassment, sexual harassment and/or sexual assault, according to a letter Thursday to SMU President R. Gerald Turner

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/feds-smu-violated-law-on-gender-sex-harassment/njQfc/

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