Group challenges U.Va. sexual assault procedure

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December 2, 2008

12:46 AM

The University of Virginia has changed its procedure requiring sexual assault victims to agree to a confidentiality pledge to find out the results of their assailants’ judicial hearings, according to trade publication Inside Higher Ed. The complaint was filed to the Department of Education by Security on Campus, a violence prevention nonprofit, on behalf of a student who wanted to find out the results of hearings of an assailant she brought charges against but did not want to agree to the confidentiality requirement.

The university said that federal privacy regulations necessitated the confidentiality requirement, but the education department argued that this was not the case. According to a spokeswoman, the university is investigating the finding from the education department.

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