April 4 (Bloomberg) — Two Harvard University students filed a federal complaint saying the school's response to sexual assault is flawed and violates federal standards.

Our Harvard Can Do Better, a student group fighting campus sexual assault, said two of its members submitted the complaint on March 28 to the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. School officials have discouraged students from pursuing discipline for assailants and improperly informed students about the outcomes of sexual-assault proceedings, the group said yesterday in a statement.

Students across the U.S. have submitted complaints alleging that their schools have failed to adequately address or prevent campus sexual misconduct, which violates Title IX, the federal rule that bars gender discrimination in education. While Harvard, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is reviewing its sexual assault policies, officials have dismissed important student input, said Emily Fox-Penner, a freshman who is one of the two undergraduates filing the complaint.

"If you're trying to find a way to make the policy more acceptable to sexual-assault survivors, is the right way to guess or to ask survivors what about the process is going wrong?" she said in a telephone interview.

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