Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman on the administration’s decision to withdraw guidance reflected in OCR’s Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence (April 4, 2011), and Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence (April 29, 2014).
Our institutions have and will continue to put student safety first. AAU institutions stand firm in their commitment to ensure that every student feels safe and we will continue to diligently work toward improving prevention and investigation processes. We look forward to working with the Department to that end.
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