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Occidental cleared of most civil rights violations, makes reforms after sex assault complaints

Occidental cleared of most civil rights violations, makes reforms after sex assault complaints

Occidental College failed to address some sexual misconduct complaints promptly but did not otherwise violate federal civil rights laws and voluntarily agreed to reforms, U.S. education officials announced Thursday.

The long-awaited resolution of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office came three years after about 50 students and faculty members filed federal complaints that administrators at the Eagle Rock liberal arts school had fostered a hostile environment for victims of sexual assault.

Occidental took action to address concerns before the investigation...

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