(BOSTONGLOBE) — The US Department of Education announced Tuesday that Harvard Law School had violated federal rules governing the handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints, and has agreed to change its policies to bring the college into compliance.
The agreement ends an investigation by the department’s Office for Civil Rights that examined whether the university and the law school met Title IX’s requirements for “prompt and equitable response to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault.’’ The deal does not resolve a pending investigation of Harvard College and its response to sexual assault and harassment complaints by undergraduates, the agency said.
The investigation of the law school concluded that the school failed to appropriately respond to two student complaints of sexual assault and in one case took more than a year to make a decision — one that was made even though the complainant was barred from participating. The US agency did not provide any further details about the allegations.
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