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DOJ sets meetings on assault/harassment at UNM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Beginning tonight, students and members of the University of New Mexico community will be able to voice concerns with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding campus policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault.

DOJ staff will be on campus, tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, gathering information from students, faculty and staff.

In December, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division opened a review into UNM’s response to allegations of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, on campus. UNM is cooperating with the investigation.

“UNM is committed to reducing sexual violence in the campus community by providing any one who may have experienced it with resources and support, and by resolving complaints promptly and fairly,” said Dean of Students Tomás Aguirre.

The meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a focus group for all students and other interested parties. A second session is set for 6:30 p.m. Both focus groups will be held in the Amigo, Luminaria and Trailblazer rooms of the Student Union Building.

At 7 p.m. a focus group for student-athletes is scheduled in Lettermen’s Lounge at WisePies Arena, aka the Pit.

At noon Wednesday, the DOJ will hold private office sessions for two hours for anyone who wishes to voice a private concern. The venue is the Cherry/Silver Room in the SUB.

Also on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., a focus group for all interested parties is scheduled for the Fiesta A & B, Jemez and Trailblazer/Spirit rooms in the SUB.

They will be followed at 7 p.m. by a focus group for fraternities and sororities in the Cherry/Silver Room of the SUB.

In December, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division opened a review into UNM’s response to allegations of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, on campus. UNM is cooperating with the investigation.

“UNM is committed to reducing sexual violence in the campus community by providing any one who may have experienced it with resources and support, and by resolving complaints promptly and fairly,” said Dean of Students Tomás Aguirre.

The meetings begin at 6 p.m. with a focus group for all students and other interested parties. A second session is set for 6:30 p.m. Both focus groups will be held in the Amigo, Luminaria and Trailblazer rooms of the Student Union Building.

At 7 p.m. a focus group for student-athletes is scheduled in Lettermen’s Lounge at WisePies Arena, aka the Pit.

At noon Wednesday, the DOJ will hold private office sessions for two hours for anyone who wishes to voice a private concern. The venue is the Cherry/Silver Room in the SUB.

Also on Wednesday, at 6 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m., a focus group for all interested parties is scheduled for the Fiesta A & B, Jemez and Trailblazer/Spirit rooms in the SUB.

They will be followed at 7 p.m. by a focus group for fraternities and sororities in the Cherry/Silver Room of the SUB.

Those who cannot attend a focus group or a one-on-one meeting with Department of Justice representatives or who have privacy concerns may set up a private, in-person or telephone conversation by calling (855) 856-2048 or by emailing community.unm@usdoj.gov.

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