The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday issued the final version of its rule for how schools must investigate and respond to allegations of sexual harassment and assault, bolstering protections for those accused of misconduct while providing some additional support for those making complaints.

This new Title IX regulation broadly mirrors a draft proposal released in November 2018 but has some notable updates that officials say were made in response to the more than 124,000 public comments the department received after…

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