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Feds Issue Complaint in Old Dominion University Sexual Misconduct Case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Old Dominion University says it is committed to treating victims of sexual assault with "care, professionalism and respect."

Giovanna Genard confirmed in a statement Thursday that the university has received a federal complaint alleging that school mishandled a student's rape case in 2014.

The complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education accuses campus police of preventing the woman from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours.

Genard said the school has "zero tolerance" for sexual assault. She said the university cannot comment further "due to the legal nature of the claim."

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