Johns Hopkins to face federal sexual assault investigation

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The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will investigate Johns Hopkins University over concerns as to how the institution handles sexual violence on campus, the school confirmed on Tuesday.

The investigation comes following a complaint filed against JHU earlier this year under the gender equity law Title IX, first reported by The Huffington Post. The complaint alleges that the Baltimore university failed to keep students safe, and specifically that it knew police were investigating a reported gang rape at a fraternity that continued to throw parties, but did not inform the campus community.

JHU spokesman Dennis O'Shea confirmed to HuffPost the university had received notice of the investigation in a letter dated Friday, Aug. 8. JHU President Ronald J. Daniels disclosed the investigation in a campus-wide message Tuesday.

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