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UT president says even 1 sexual assault 'too many'

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MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) - University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has told UT's board of trustees that even a single sexual assault is one too many.

DPietro made the remarks to the full board during its spring meeting at the UT Martin campus, where he told board members that the school continues to protect students and raise awareness of sexual assaults.

The university president's remarks come as UT fights a lawsuit filed by eight unidentified women who accuse the school of creating a "hostile sexual environment" because of its indifference toward assaults by athletes. University officials have denied the allegations.

DiPietro told the board Friday that the school has launched new initiatives, including online training and updating its code-of-conduct policy to raise awareness of and combat the problem of sexual assaults.

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