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Feds: University of New Mexico fails in sex assault response

Students often do not know how to report sexual assault and sexual harassment at the University of New Mexico or where to turn for help in a broken system that violates federal law, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.

The department, which launched its investigation in December 2014, recommended the university provide training to students and staff with information on how to report attacks. It also urged the school to revise its policies so it can promptly respond to sexual harassment, which creates a hostile campus environment.

University President Robert Frank said the school had already taken steps toward making the campus safer in recent years and objected to...