LYNCHBURG, Va. – Federal agents from the Department of Education were on the Liberty University campus this week, investigating any mishandling of the title nine cases or reports of sexual misconduct, according to ProPublica.
At least 23 people have filed lawsuits against the Christian university, including a former student who says the school failed to investigate the rape allegations.
Senator Tim Kaine has already called for a federal review.
“Students at Liberty, or any university, must believe that if something bad happens to them, there is somewhere they can go, they will be taken seriously, and then efforts will be made immediately to identify if someone is a perpetrator, then take action against them,” Kaine said Thursday.
Below is a statement from Liberty University:
“Liberty University welcomes the US Department of Education’s review of our Clery Compliance Program. We are committed to full cooperation and look forward to the opportunity to strengthen and improve our program through this evaluation process. We are also committed to working collaboratively with the Ministry to address any potential compliance gaps identified through the review. The University supports and adopts both the letter and the spirit of the Clery Act, which is to “provide students, employees and their families with accurate, complete and timely information about campus safety in order to better inform future decisions. Our Clery Compliance Officer in the Office of Equity and Compliance works closely with the Liberty University Police Department and campus partners to prioritize campus safety and respond to requirements of the Clery law.
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