55 schools face US federal sex assault probe

FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is "far too common." They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they've sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is "far too common." They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they've sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request.

The schools range from big public universities like Ohio State University, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Arizona State University to private schools like Knox College in Illinois, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Catholic University of America in the District of Columbia. Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth are also on the list.

The agency previously would confirm such an investigation when asked, but students and others were often unaware of them.

“We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue,” Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement.

Lhamon said a school’s appearance on the list does not mean that it has violated the law but that an investigation is ongoing.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. It is the same law that guarantees girls equal access to sports, but it also regulates institutions’ handling of sexual violence and increasingly is being used by victims who say their schools failed to protect them.

Citing research, the White House has said that 1 in 5 female students is assaulted. President Barack Obama appointed a task force comprised of his Cabinet members to review the issue after hearing complaints about the poor treatment of campus rape victims and the hidden nature of such crimes.

The task force announced the creation of a website, notalone.gov, offering resources for victims and information about past enforcement actions on campuses. The task force also made a wide range of recommendations to schools, such as identifying confidential victims’ advocates and conducting surveys to better gauge the frequency of sexual assault on their campuses.

The department publicized guidance on Title IX’s sexual assault provisions in 2011, and complaints by students have since increased. Complaints, however, don’t always lead to an investigation.

The department can withhold federal funding from a school that doesn’t comply with the law, but it so far has not used that power and instead has negotiated voluntary resolutions for violators.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is “far too common.” They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they’ve sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations.

Another law that campus sexual assault cases fall under is the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics on or near their campuses. It also requires schools to develop prevention policies and ensure victims their basic rights. Investigations under this law are not included in the list that was released.

Here is the full list of schools:

State  Institution
AZ  ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
CA  BUTTE-GLEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
CA  OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
CA  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY
CA  UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
CO  REGIS UNIVERSITY
CO  UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
CO  UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT DENVER
CO  UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
CT   UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
DC  CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA
FL   FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
GA  EMORY UNIVERSITY
HI    UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA
ID    UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
IL    KNOX COLLEGE
IL    UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
IN   INDIANA UNIVERSITY-BLOOMINGTON
IN   VINCENNES UNIVERSITY
MA  AMHERST COLLEGE
MA  BOSTON UNIVERSITY
MA  EMERSON COLLEGE
MA  HARVARD COLLEGE
MA  HARVARD UNIVERSITY – LAW SCHOOL
MA  UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST
MD  FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
MI   MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
MI   UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR
NC  GUILFORD COLLEGE
NC  UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
ND  MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY
NH  DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
NJ  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
NY CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE
NY  HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES
NY  SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
NY  SUNY AT BINGHAMTON
OH  DENISON UNIVERSITY
OH  OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
OH  WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY
OK  OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
PA  CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
PA  FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE
PA  PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
PA  SWARTHMORE COLLEGE
PA   TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
TN   VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
TX    SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
TX    THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN
VA   COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
VA   UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
WA  WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
WI    UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER
WV  BETHANY COLLEGE
WV  WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Source: U.S. Department of Education

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