Montana Revises University Sex Assault Investigation Policies

HAVRE, Mont. — Montana’s university system moved forward Friday with a new policy for handling sexual assaults. The policy change follows a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the way the University of Montana responded to sexual assault and harassment reports.

The U.S. Justice Department investigation —which began earlier this month —prompted a second investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the Associated Press reports. The university has come under fire in the past two years for mishandling rape cases, particularly those that involved football team members.

E-mails recently obtained by the press show that the University of Montana Vice President Jim Foley sought to punish a student for speaking publicly about how the university was handling her rape case.

The Board of Regents signed a new policy Friday aiming to ensure compliance with the Montana Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

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