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Federal complaint filed over campus assaults

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- A group of current and former students at the University of California, Berkeley, have filed a federal complaint against the school over how it handles sexual assaults.

The group is claiming that the university has violated federal anti-discrimination laws by failing to protect them from sexual harassment and assault.

It has also asked the U.S. Department of Education to look into the allegations.

In a news conference Wednesday, six of the women said the university fails to investigate and punish assailants or to keep victims informed about the status of their cases.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/ODKIQn ) that Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on Tuesday pledged to hold assailants accountable and to support sexual violence victims.

Dirks also said the campus was adding two new positions to address concerns.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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