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Student protest at Loyola University of Chicago in Rogers Park claims Title IX office ignores sexual assault allegations

CHICAGO (WLS) – Students at Loyola University in Chicago demonstrated at their Rogers Park campus on Friday, claiming the school was ignoring allegations of sexual misconduct.

The university said it was investigating recent allegations of sexual misconduct involving students, but many said they had no confidence in the way the school looks at these issues.

At the gates of their school, hundreds of students from Loyola University in Chicago chanted “No, that’s no! while they were trying to send a message to admins.

“Their Title IX process does not do what it is supposed to do for students who have been injured by other students on this campus,” said Sam Morey, a student at Loyola.

Students say Loyola’s Title IX office – which reviews allegations of sexual assault and misconduct – takes too long to investigate and too often sides with the accused.

“They’re letting people out on this campus who have injured students here,” student Madeline Kane said. “And they don’t see there’s a problem with that.”

Kane said she was sexually assaulted at a party last year.

“And I conducted an investigation for about six or seven months with only male investigators, only men on the panel, and explained to them what had happened, gave them all the evidence I had, texts , photos, witness reports, “Kane said. . “And essentially, it was not judged that there was enough evidence.”

The school declined an interview, but said in a statement: “Loyola is aware of the recent allegations of sexual misconduct, we have been in contact with the students involved and are investigating these allegations.

Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our students. We offer assistance to any student who has been the victim of sexual misconduct or gender-based violence, and have counseling and support services available for any student in need. “

Protest organizers said that while those accused of misconduct deserve to be heard, the school should remove them from campus pending such inquiries.

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