Posted: May 9, 2013 11:46 AM by MTN News - Missoula
MISSOULA- The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the findings of a probe into reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment on the University of Montana campus.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights says a "comprehensive agreement" has been obtained with UM "to ensure that it responds swiftly and effectively to allegations of sexual assault and harassment by students," according to a news release.
The two agreements announced Thursday resolve both of the United States' investigations of the university: under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Those acts ban sex discrimination in education programs, including sexual assault and harassment.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Roy L. Austin Jr., Montana U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter, and UM President Royce Engstrom were on hand for the Thursday morning announcement, which was made at the U.S. Attorney's office in Missoula.
The DOJ began looking into a series of sexual assault allegations and how the Missoula Police Department, Missoula County Attorney's Office, and the University of Montana handled them, just over one year ago.
While Thursday's announcement covered the UM portion of the DOJ investigation, officials say that their probes into how the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Attorney's Office has handled sexual assault complaints are still underway.
Meanwhile, there's no indication yet on when the NCAA investigation into the UM football program will be completed.
We'll have more on this developing story as information becomes available.