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Feds: School must make changes after rape response complaint

August 18, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal officials say Old Dominion University must take “corrective action” in response to a complaint accusing the school of mishandling the response to a woman’s sexual assault.

A U.S. Department of Education official said in a letter to the woman’s lawyers that it identified “certain serious shortcomings in ODU campus safety operations” and compliance with a federal law. The department says it will work with ODU to ensure “corrective action is taken.”

The woman said, among other things, that campus police prevented her from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence of her rape until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours.

The university said it cannot comment because it hasn’t been contacted by the education department. ODU says it has a policy of zero tolerance for sexual assault.

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