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University of Kentucky among schools under investigation for their handling of sexual assaults

The University of Kentucky has a joined a list of 132 other universities being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sexual assaults.

According to the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, UK was added to the list this spring. Federal officials do not release any details about the investigations until they are finished and a resolution agreement has been reached.

UK spokesman Jay Blanton confirmed the school had been contacted by OCR regarding a complaint that was filed involving a UK student. "The university believes the matter has been handled appropriately," Blanton said. "We don't, as you know, comment on individual disciplinary cases."

The issue of campus sexual assault took center stage in 2014 when President Barack Obama convened a White House task force on the subject. UK was highlighted for its training and counseling programs.

On Monday, UK released results from a new survey of the entire student body, which found that more than 1,000 students said they were the victims of sexual assault in one year.

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