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US Dept. of Education Investigating How Hunter College Deals With Sexual Harassment, Violence Complaints

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The federal Department of Education is investigating the way Hunter College deals with sexual harassment and violence complaints.

Hunter appears on a list of 55 colleges and universities suspected of mishandling complaints.

The list is part of a presidential initiative to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

Hunter officials say the investigation is tied to a sexual misconduct complaint filed by a student 15 months ago that was later withdrawn.

They say the school is reviewing its procedures for dealing with sexual harassment and violence complaints.

Members of the Hunter College community said they're surprised to hear of the investigation but are happy to hear that the issue is being looked at.

"Yeah, I haven't had any bad experiences, but I do think that colleges need to pay more attention to sexual violence and to the students and listen to them and take those, the issues way more seriously," said one member of the community.

"It's the faculty and the school's responsibility to make sure that all of the students feel safe as they're attaining their education, so you know, I think that should be prioritized," said another.

Other schools in the state that are on the list are Binghamton University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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