LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An official at the University of Southern California said Monday the school will cooperate fully with a federal investigation into student allegations that the administration mishandled claims of rape and sexual assault on campus.
In a statement, Jody Shipper, USC’s Title IX coordinator and the executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity said the university welcomed help from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to update its procedures, but maintained that the school has always been committed to addressing all issues that arise.
“The opening of an investigation is an expected step in the process,” Shipper said in a statement. “The OCR states that ‘opening the allegations for investigation in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to their merits.'”