University of Alaska under review for sex assault policies

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The University of Alaska has been added to a growing list of colleges and universities being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assault, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

Most of the 67 schools on the list were made public in May, when the agency announced they were launching investigations of possible violations of Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination at institutions that receive federal funds. The department announced on Wednesday that it planned "compliance reviews" for a dozen new schools, including UA.

Michael O'Brien, a UA attorney who is spearheading the response, likened the process to an audit of the university's policies. He said there is no specific investigation of a violation at UA.

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