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Rutgers University Reverses Sex Harassment Policy

What to Know

  • Rutgers University says it will change its policy on investigating sexual harassment complaints
  • The move comes after a newspaper report that the university had set a time limit on old complaints
  • The published report said that a woman was told by university officials that the school did not investigate complaints more than 2 years old

Rutgers University says it will change its policy on investigating sexual harassment complaints following a newspaper report that it had set a time limit on old complaints.

University President Robert Barchi said Wednesday the school will immediately investigate all sexual harassment complaints. Barchi says he has also ordered a review of the office that handles those complaints to ensure it has enough staff and resources.

His announcement came hours after NJ.com reported the university's Office of Employment Equity told a woman who accused a professor of sexual misconduct that it doesn't investigate complaints more than two years old.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy decried the two-year limit before Barchi's announcement.

Barchi says the old policy was "inconsistent" with the school's practices and values.

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