Feds investigate MSU, UofM sexual assault response

The Michigan State University sign. (File photo)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Michigan State University’s response to sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints involving students on campus.

The Lansing State Journal and The Detroit News report representatives from the department’s Office for Civil Rights will be at the East Lansing university Wednesday and Thursday to conduct focus groups and office hours for students related to an investigation.

In a statement, school spokesman Kent Cassella says the university is cooperating and “responded fully and appropriately to the incidents under investigation.”

Word of the investigation came Tuesday, the same day officials confirmed the Office for Civil Rights is looking at how University of Michigan in Ann Arbor responded to a reported 2009 violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policies by a then-member of the school’s football team.

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