Two Ind. colleges among Title IX assault probe

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.
 
Two Indiana colleges -- Indiana University-Bloomington and Vincennes University -- were also named on the list, although IU says it is only included as part of a random routine compliance review.
 
"This type of compliance review is distinct and separate from investigations that arise from complaints to OCR, and the office has confirmed that it has received no complaints against IU Bloomington that would have triggered an investigation," said IU spokesman Mark Land.
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.
 
Find a list of institutions currently facing a Title IX investigation below:
 
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
 

 

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