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The U.S. Department of Justice picked the University of Toledo as one of 14 schools to join a project aimed at helping male athletes lead the effort to prevent sexual assault and violence against women.

As part of its selection, UT will receive $10,000 in training and curriculum for the "Healthy Masculinity Campus Athletics Project." UT will send three people to the justice department in Washington for training in July.

The project focuses on men who play and coach sports and who work as athletics administrators. The idea is to connect with the influential campus leaders as allies in the effort to prevent sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.

UT announced its participation in the program Monday.

The university will send representatives from its athletics department and student advocacy and wellness center to be trained. Afterward, the curriculum will be shared on campus.

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"This is a great opportunity to further enhance our training and resources for our student-athletes so they can play a strong leading role in fostering a healthy, safe campus," Athletic Director Mike O'Brien said in a written statement. "UT athletics continues to support sexual assault education and prevention.

"We work with UT's Title IX Office and Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness to train our coaches, staff, and student-athletes on an ongoing basis," O'Brien added.

Last month, the university suspended an unnamed male athlete from an unidentified sport after a student accused him of raping her at an off-campus apartment.

A Lucas County grand jury declined to indict the 22-year-old athlete on the charges.

However, he remains suspended from team activities as the university continues its own Title IX investigation, according to UT spokesman Christine Billau.


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