55 colleges named in federal sexual assault probe, view full list
Today, 55 colleges across the country were named as targets in a federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases.
The Department of Education (DOE) released the list of schools under investigation to increase awareness of federal requirements under Title IX of the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.
"We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue," the DOE Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Catherine Lhamon, wrote in a statement.
Title IX bans schools from tolerating sex discrimination or an environment that infringes on a student's right to learn based on their sex. The department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating the possible violations, and considers sexual harassment and violence to be a form of discrimination under the law.
Three Ivy League schools are on the list of violaters—Harvard (University and Law School), Dartmouth College, and Princeton University. Other schools under investigation include The Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University, and Vanderbilt University.
Lhamon stated that schools on the list have not been convicted of Title IX violations, but investigations are ongoing.
Massachusetts is the state with the most violations with six schools on the list. Pennsylvania has five schools under investigation, and California, Colorado, and New York each have four colleges under investigation.
According to Fox News, schools that have been found guilty of Title IX violations have never had their funding taken away. Instead, the government has chosen to enter into negotiations with the college to reach a resolution.
After the list was made public, many schools released statements saying that they are working with federal authorities to resolve any outstanding problems.
Oklahoma State University Director of Communications Gary Shutt stated that the school is committed to the safety of everyone on its campus.
"Oklahoma State University is gathering information requested by the U.S. Department of Education," Shutt wrote in a statement.
"The university will work with DOE as the department conducts this compliance review. Oklahoma State University is committed to providing the safest campus possible for students and others.
"In the last year, OSU conducted an exhaustive, system-wide review of our policies related to sexual abuse on campus. As a result of that review, OSU has further strengthened its policies."
The 55 colleges under investigation as of May 1 are:
Arizona State University
Butte-Glen Community College District
University of California at Berkeley
University of Southern California
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver
University of Connecticut
District of Columbia
Catholic University of America
Florida State University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
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University of Idaho
University of Chicago
Harvard University Law School
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Frostburg State University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
CUNY Hunter College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sarah Lawrence College
SUNY at Binghamton
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Minot State University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Franklin and Marshall College
Pennsylvania State University
Southern Methodist University
The University of Texas Pan-American
College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
Washington State University
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater