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Knox President Reacts To Federal Investigation

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Knox College President Teresa Amott says the college is trying to be as responsible as it can be, while the U.S. Department of Education investigates a potential violation of the Title IX law.

Amott told the WGIL Morning News today the college is cooperating with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, on an investigation into an incident she says happened in the late-Fall involving a student, regarding sexual abuse, but won’t say much more about the incident other than that.

Amott says, however, if you’re expecting an expedient outcome to this investigation, don’t.

“Reading the national media, this can take years,” says Amott. “I believe the Tufts case, which is now, Tufts University in Massachusetts, now very much in the news. I believe that complaint was initially filed by students in 2010, so it took four years to reach a resolution.”

Amott says the federal investigation being launched was the first she had heard of such a complaint on the Knox campus.

It was learned today that Knox is one of two schools in Illinois, and is one of 55 open U.S. Department of Education investigations into colleges or universities. The feds say releasing the list is “part of an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work.”