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KU added to list of schools in federal sex assault probe

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The University of Kansas and Washburn University are joining a list that college officials won't be bragging about.

They are among five more schools added to the list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled inquiries into sexual assaults.

The federal government previously announced that 66 schools were under investigation. The announcement about the addition of KU and Washburn was made this week.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is conducting a probe into sexual violence against women on the campuses.

University of Kansas officials issued a statement Monday saying the school doesn't tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.

"KU does not tolerate sexual assault and students have been suspended and expelled as a result of violating university policies," the statement read.

The list doesn't include specific information about what case got a school included, and the university declined to provide details.

A White House task force said earlier this year that nationally one in five female students is assaulted.

Some women interviewed Tuesday said that they feel safe at KU and were surprised to learn the school made the education agency's list.

But others said the size of the campus makes it daunting.

"It's such a big campus and I mean there are a lot of dark spaces," sophomore Haris Vrahliotis said. "I think a lot could happen when you really don't realize it."

She takes self-defense classes as well as other precautionary measures such as not being distracted by talking on the phone and knowing her surroundings at all times.

No Missouri schools are part of the federal inquiry.

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