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Regional Department of Education Office Investigates Knox College

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Knox CollegeKnox College is being investigated by a regional office of the U.S. Department of Education under a complaint the school discriminated “on the basis of sex.”

In a statement to the campus, College President Dr. Teresa Amott said the regional office opened an investigation that has been ongoing since January. Investigators will be appearing at the campus May 19th – something college officials say Knox College is fully cooperating with.

Circumstances regarding the complaint have not been disclosed with Knox College saying they will respect the investigation.

Chief Communications Officer Megan Scott tells WGIL the College has been working on its response to sexual violence and misconduct since last summer, among others.

“Sexual assault, sexual violence is a tough issue for everyone involved,” says Scott. “Obviously from the victims and then for the college having to deal with this and making sure we’re putting the safety of the victims and the safety of our students at the forefront.”

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is expected to meet with select groups of students, which Amott’s statement said will be used to “discuss their experiences.” Scott tells WGIL that they have been supplying documents and timelines to meet the requests.

“We welcome their input and their insight into how we can continue to  make Knox a safe and respectable educational climate for everyone in the Knox community,” says Scott.

Additional records, policies, and procedures will be reviewed by the OCR according to the document sent from Amott.

Even so, Scott says students have played an active role for updates made to policies regarding sexual misconduct on campus.

Dr. Teresa Amott appeared on the WGIL Morning News on the WGIL Morning News today.  Listen to her comments below.