Vanderbilt University slammed by female students over handling of sexual assault reports

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A group of current and former female Vanderbilt University students have filed a complaint with federal officials charging that the university responded inadequately to reports of sexual assault.

Organized by a senior student who was sexually assaulted in 2010, six women — four on campus now and two alumni — contributed to the filing. The senior student said specific concerns include instances of women who were dissuaded from going forward with reports of sexual violence, lack of follow-through by staff and administrators in some cases and inadequate sexual assault education efforts.

A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Education could not immediately confirm the filing of the complaint, which the student said was filed after midnight early today.

University officials have not been given a copy and issued a statement to The Tennessean vowing cooperation if federal officials decide to investigate further.

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