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Feds: VMI needs plan on how to recruit, treat womenNovember 13, 1996
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ROANOKE, Virginia (CNN) -- The Virginia Military Institute's efforts to recruit and prepare for women cadets are ineffective, and the school needs to submit a detailed plan to redress that, according to the Justice Department.
At a federal hearing Wednesday, Assistant Virginia State Attorney William Hurd countered that the traditionally male military academy is doing everything reasonable to let potential women applicants know they are welcome, and to prepare for their arrival.
Hurd said VMI is already pursuing the hiring of a new assistant admissions director to follow up on women's applications and inquiries, as well as new uniforms for women, a review of all manuals and policies, and the addition of women's bathrooms, among other changes.
U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser took the federal request for a detailed plan under advisement, and gave no indication of when he would issue a decision.
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