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UW-Whitewater on federal sex assault college list

WHITEWATER, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  U-W Whitewater is one of 55 colleges under federal investigation for the way they handled sexual abuse complaints as part of Title-Nine -- the law that requires equal opportunities for male-and-female students.

Whitewater media relations director Sara Kuhl would not comment on the specifics of the school's complaint, since the investigation is continuing. She said U-W-W investigates all reports of sexual-or-gender-based misconduct in a timely manner -- and the complainants are given a number of resources that include information about counseling, options for changing class or living arrangements, and help in making reports to law enforcement. Kuhl also said Whitewater has ways to educate students and others about their rights.

The U-S Education Department said the list of colleges under investigation is designed to create greater transparency on the way campus sex assaults are handled. Assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon said the goal is to spur community dialogue about the problem.