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JMU faces Title IX lawsuit

By Erin Flynn, Sean Cassidy, IJ Chan First published in The Breeze on Mar 19, 2015 Updated Apr 3, 2017

Three hundred and seventy-two days. That’s how long former JMU student Sarah Butters had to wait from the time she first told a university official about her alleged sexual assault to when JMU handed down expulsion after graduation punishments for the three male students involved.

This has recently emerged in the lawsuit Butters filed in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia two weeks ago, along with numerous other details about the case. She is suing JMU for violating Title IX laws and mishandling her sexual assault complaint.

This complaint comes after she filed a Title IX complaint last spring with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, prompting JMU to be placed under federal investigation for the handling of sexual assault cases, along with more than 60 other schools nationwide.

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