Students claim Title IX violations by LA college

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles lawyer says a complaint has been filed on behalf of 37 students and alumni who allege Occidental College administrators violated federal standards for dealing with their rape, sexual assault or retaliation claims.

The Title IX action filed with the federal Department of Education was announced Thursday by attorney Gloria Allred, who was flanked by more than a dozen young women, including five alleged victims she represents.

Occidental issued a statement pledging reform and a responsive process to make the campus safe.

The women said administrators discouraged them from filing complaints against fellow students and subjected victims to a slow investigative process. The process sometimes allowed alleged rapists to complete their education despite being found responsible for rape or sexual assault by a panel of faculty and administrators.

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