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U-VA Waged Intense Fight To Influence Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

The University of Virginia waged an intense fight over the summer to influence the conclusions of a federal investigation into sexual violence at the school, newly obtained documents show, while the state’s governor personally pressed the nation’s top education official to ensure the elite public flagship would not be unfairly tarnished.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to give U-Va. a chance to review findings from the four-year investigation of the school’s record on sexual assault before they were made public, saying that he feared U-Va. was being denied “very basic requirements of due process.”