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Harvard Law's Sexual Assault Policies Being Investigated

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Harvard Law School's policies on sexual assault are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.

Boston lawyer Wendy Murphy has filed multiple complaints and says the biggest issue of concern is a delay of disciplinary action.

"The school cannot, lawfully, under Title IX, wait until the district attorney or the outside law enforcement officials finish their investigation," she said.

Murphy says violations of federal harassment codes include failures to provide fair evidence requirements, prompt disciplinary action and concrete time frames.

"To be compliant with Title IX the school's policies and procedures must provide for the prompt resolution of student complaints," Murphy said. "And if the clock runs out and the students are on the verge of graduation that is, by definition, not prompt."

Harvard officials say they're aware of the investigation and will carefully review any findings.

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