The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations that Pacific University discriminated and retaliated against a tenured education professor.

In a letter sent Monday to professor Richard Paxton’s attorney, the office said it was investigating two allegations: whether Pacific failed to comply with federal regulations during a Title IX investigation into student complaints made against Paxton and whether the university retaliated against Paxton by sending a letter to all university employees that disclosed details about the investigation that it hadn’t disclosed to him.

More than 10 undergraduate and graduate students in two academic programs filed complaints with the university over comments Paxton made between August and October 2020 regarding gender, race, religion, ethnicity and national origin during classes. Title IX prohibits discrimination on

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