May 25, 2022


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Department of Education Opens Investigation into Liberty University

Department of Education Opens Investigation into Liberty University

Liberty is accused of dismissing sexual assault grievances, retaliating against survivors, and forcing LGBT learners into “conversion therapy” systems.

The Department of Instruction has opened an investigation into Liberty College, a personal Christian school accused of mishandling sexual assault studies.

According to Inside of Higher Ed, the department’s Business for Civil Legal rights is investigating Liberty for alleged violations of the Clery Act.

The Clery Act demands universities to advise sexual assault victims that they are entitled to file reports with normal legislation enforcement.

The Act also obliges educational institutes to disclose crime statistics—including incidences of sexual assault—as a issue of participation in federal monetary assist courses.

The Section of Education’s investigation appears to have been prompted by many lawsuits, which claimed that Liberty regularly cast the blame for sexual assault onto victims—in some scenarios, forcing them to undergo humiliating morality checks.

In reaction to the lawsuit, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) penned a letter to the Section of Instruction, asking them to search into survivors’ tales and statements.

Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Picture through Flickr/consumer:AndrewBain. (CCA-BY-2.).

“There is starting up to be a form of sample of allegations by pupils at Liberty, that they were subjected to sexual assault or sexual harassment, and then the university did not cooperate with them or enable them pursues justice,” Kaine claimed. “And, in some scenarios, the pupils are claiming the matters are both swept under the rug or even discouraged from coming forward with these varieties of severe statements.”

One particular regulation firm, representing a lady who has submitted fit from Liberty, mentioned that the university was knowledgeable of their client’s complaint—but hardly ever initiated an investigation, took disciplinary action, or place any protecting actions in place.

Liberty, the legislation agency mentioned, “systematically shown deliberate indifference, retaliated against Jane Doe, and perpetuated the sexually hostile and harmful setting on and all around campus.”

Nonetheless, Liberty faces accusations beyond indifference to sexual assault.

The Spiritual Exemption Accountability Task, for occasion, submitted a individual lawsuit suggesting that Liberty subjected non-heterosexual pupils to “rampant discrimination, abuse and mistreatment.”

Luke Wilson, a previous Liberty College college student and plaintiff in a Reap-led lawsuit, mentioned he is “delighted” that the university is eventually staying investigated by the federal authorities.

Wilson, suggests Inside of Greater Ed, said that Liberty forced him and other LGBTQ pupils to undertake “conversion therapy” as a issue of

“I am over and above delighted that Liberty is [finally] getting investigated for its conversion treatment program—a method that was in procedure for about a ten years,” Wilson said. “As a survivor of Liberty’s a single-on-1 conversion remedy software and as a person who went to just one of the group conversion therapy conferences on campus, I have due to the fact labored to increase recognition about this heinous exercise that has ravaged the life of countless queer Liberty college students.”

Sen. Kaine, for his element, said he is pleased that the Division of Investigation responded to his request—and all those of survivors—to maintain Liberty accountable for any probable wrongdoing.

“I’m happy the Office of Education and learning is investigating Liberty’s handling of sexual assault. I hope the Office appears to be like into it totally,” Kaine reported in a assertion. “As I have claimed, any campus plan that deters or discourages a survivor of sexual assault from talking out and seeking justice is mistaken. College students who bravely converse out are worthy of to be heard and to have their promises taken seriously.”


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