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Miami University facing 2 new federal probes over handling of sexual assault

Miami University in Oxford is facing two new federal investigations into its handling of sexual violence cases.

On June 9, the U.S. Department of Education launched two new investigations of Miami’s handling of sexual assault cases. The investigations were made public this week as the department of education released an updated list of investigations at colleges on Wednesday.

Details of the cases have not been released but both investigations stem from off-campus incidents, one from 2015 and one from 2016, said Claire Wagner, Miami director of news and communications.

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“Miami University is cooperating fully in the investigation,” Wagner said via email. “Miami actively educates students and employees about their rights and options under Title IX. The university investigates and adjudicates cases fully and fairly, following its Title IX Protocols.”

The latest investigations come after a previous one was launched Nov. 3 at Miami. The Nov. 3 investigation remains open, according to the department of education.

The three investigations mean Miami has the most cases under federal review of any Ohio college right now. There are 18 cases being investigated at 10 Ohio colleges, according to the list.

Both Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati each have two cases currently under review. The most recent investigation at OSU was launched on Jan. 3 while the latest at UC started on Feb. 17, according to the list.

So far this year three other investigations were launched at three other Ohio colleges including Akron University, Denison University in Granville and Oberlin College in Oberlin.

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Investigations at Wittenberg University, over complaints from 2011 and 2013, were resolved earlier this year.

In total, there are 346 sexual violence cases under federal investigation at 243 institutions, according to the department of education. That’s up from 306 investigations at 225 schools in January, this news organization reported.

The I-Team last year printed an in-depth investigation of sexual assaults on college campuses, and obstacles to them leading to serious criminal charges.

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