DOJ Closes Investigation into UM

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MISSOULA - Officials with the Department of Justice announce they are closing an investigation into the University of Montana's handling of sexual assaults on campus. They say the investigations into the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Attorney's office remain open. Officials are now taking questions from the media. We have a crew there and will have the latest information tonight on the ABC MONTANA News at 5:30.


MISSOULA - The Department of Justice said Thursday it will announce an agreement regarding the investigations into sex-based harassment at the University of Montana.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Roy L. Austin Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter and University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will hold a press conference on Thursday at 11 a.m.

In May of 2011, three separate federal investigations were launched, looking into how University and local law enforcement officials handled more than 80 reports of sexual assaults in Missoula.  At least two of the alleged rapes involved UM students.   

Over the course of the year, the DOJ has been looking into complaints that local law enforcement failed to properly investigate sexual assaults on women because of gender discrimination.  

The U.S. Department of Education is also investigating the University.  It's focus is whether UM officials properly responded to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus.  The NCAA is also conducting an investigation.  A date to reveal the findings of these two investigations has not been determined.

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