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Editorial: UT should process Title IX complaints faster—Toledo Blade

The University of Toledo must do better processing Title IX complaints. It’s not about winning or losing a court case. It’s about doing the right thing. It’s also about protecting the integrity and reputation of the university. Investigations should move swiftly to avoid the appearance, or reality, that Title IX charges aren’t an important matter at UT.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week reinstated a complaint by a student over sexual harassment by a professor. The complaint should never have had to end up in federal court. It was mishandled from the beginning. …

The university, of course, didn’t want to comment on a matter still in litigation. A statement from the university after the appellate ruling said “the safety of our students is a top priority, and we strive to ensure UToledo is a safe and welcoming environment.” While that may be true, the school must do a better job of living that pledge.

Universities have an obligation to protect students from harassment. UT must devote more staff and resources to Title IX enforcement so these sort of failures here don’t occur again.

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