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Number Of Sexual Assault Complaints Doubled At KU In 2014

The University of Kansas received nearly twice as many sexual assault complaints last year than in 2013.

The school's Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access says it received 169 complaints last year, compared with 85 in 2013.

The office's Executive Director Jane McQueeny says 120 of the 169 complaints were filed under Title 9; title 9 requires campuses to provide an education environment that is free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

School officials attribute the increase to improved awareness of sexual assault.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that McQueeny estimated half of the 2014 complaints came in after September, when students protested against the university's handling of alleged rape complaints.

She says 28 of the complaints remain open, and five new complaints have been filed so far this year.