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GALESBURG, IL – Knox College is under investigation for a case of sexual discrimination with a complaint of sexual misconduct.  Students were notified yesterday in a campus-wide email sent by the president of Knox College, Teresa, Amott.

Very few details of the case has been released, but Megan Scott, Chief Communications Officer at Knox College, says, “In a case of sexual misconduct that has happened, someone is saying that they were discriminated against in the case.” She says the incident happened in October 2013.

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in January 2014. They will be on campus the week of May 19th to interview faculty, staff and students.

Many students say they are glad there is an open investigation. Paige Anderson, senior, says “You’re always surprised when you see anything federal going on, but sexual assault has definitely been on the minds of a lot of students recently.” Anderson says the email was extremely vague, but she is glad that the issue is on the table.

Ian Crutcher, junior, says this one incident highlights an ongoing issue on campus. He hopes this investigation will open doors to more solutions. “When I got the email, I had a positive reaction. I think we’re finally dealing with the matter in a more serious way, which it really wasn’t for a while.”

Crutcher says, “There’s been so many students who have had extremely bad experiences with sexual misconduct and they have gone to administration to talk about these kinds of things and not much has been done.”

Knox College says they are working with investigators to get to the bottom of the case.

Scott says, “We are truly dedicated to making sure Knox is a safe and respectable learning environment for all members – faculty, staff, and students. We look forward to working with the OCR to help us better those practices and policies that we have in place.”

Along with the current Title IX team at Knox College, the school recently started a task force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Scott says they want to give students the most comfortable experience possible.

For now, students are grateful that the investigation is being conducted. Anderson says, “I think a lot of people are happy it’s more in the public now instead of being swept under and not talking about it. We are actually talking about it.”

Crutcher as well says, “I’m glad it’s being dealt with now so future students can have the support they need.”

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