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Two Michigan Schools Facing Federal Sex Abuse Probes

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two Michigan universities are among 55 facing Title IX sexual abuse investigations by federal education officials.

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State University in East Lansing are on a list released Thursday by the Education Department.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. It guarantees girls equal access to sports, but also regulates how schools handle sexual violence.

Part of the investigation at the University of Michigan stems from complaints related to the expulsion of a former kicker on the football team. Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the school has been "fully cooperating."

The investigation at Michigan State involves its response to sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints involving students.

The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Michigan State University.

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