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MSU implements new policies during investigation into sexual assaults

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Michigan State University must do better when it comes to student and faculty sexual assault claims.

That's what the U.S. Department of Education found in an investigation of the university.

It said the university violated federal Title IX law and contributed to a sexually hostile atmosphere on campus.

"I've heard of a lot of girls, I guess, come up to me in confidence telling me they've reported stuff to the university, but it wasn't always handled in the best way," said MSU senior, Allyson Brooks.

In a 42-page report, the Office of Civil Rights, which conducted the investigation, said students interviewed knew someone who was a victim of sexual assault.

It also found between 2009 and 2014, the university may have created a hostile environment for some students and employees because of slow response rates and policy deficiencies.

"It seems as if they don't care too much for the students, and it could have handled, much better, in a much more constructive way for the students," said MSU senior Josh Moyer.

University President Lou Anna K. Simon doesn't dispute the report. She said even before the report was released, there have been improved policies put in place.

One of those improvements include the creation of the MSU Sexual Assault Task Force, to deal with the issue.

One student said this helps the university move in the right direction.

"I think it's a safe environment," said MSU sophomore Katy Deluca.

MSU isn’t the only university investigated for Title IX violations. Right now, more than 100 universities nation-wide are under the Department of Education’s scope, including the University of Michigan.

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