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Sexual-assault investigations may be delayed as coronavirus disrupts colleges

from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lexie thought this month that her Title IX case might finally be coming to a close. Lexie, who asked to be identified only by her first name because the case is pending, filed a sexual-misconduct complaint against another student at her Midwestern public university in November. The investigation wrapped up in January, and a hearing was scheduled for March 11, when a panel would decide whether the student she had accused should be found responsible and, if so, what sanctions he should face. Then, as the Covid-19 pandemic upended campus life across the country, her university suddenly extended spring break, moved classes online for the rest of the semester, and asked students to move out of campus housing. As a result, administrators postponed her Title IX hearing until in-person classes resume — summer, at the earliest. more

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