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Jerry P. Becker

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Gen'l Interest: Government's List (sexual harassment, assault complaints)
Posted: Jul 7, 2014 8:40 AM
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From INSIDE HIGHER ED, Friday, May 2, 2014. See
NOTE: Dated July 3, 2014, 12 more colleges were added to the long
list below: the University of Alaska, Berklee College of Music,
Cisco Junior College, Colorado State University, the University of
Delaware, Elmira College, James Madison University, Morgan State
University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, the
University of Richmond, and Washburn University. - See
The Government's New List

By Michael Stratford

WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from some victims' advocates and
lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday published a
comprehensive list of the colleges and universities the agency is
investigating for how they handle sexual harassment and assault

The department took the unprecedented step of publicly naming all 55
institutions that investigators are probing to see whether their
approach to sexual assault and harassment complies with Title IX of
the Education Amendments of 1972, which requires gender equity in

"We are making this list available in an effort to bring more
transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public
awareness of civil rights," Catherine E. Lhamon, the assistant
education secretary for civil rights, said in a written statement.
"We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue
about this important issue."
Colleges Under Investigation


* Arizona State University (opened Jan. 26, 2012)


* Butte-Glenn Community College District (opened Feb. 27, 2013)
* Occidental College (opened May 2, 2013)
* University of California-Berkley (opened March 25, 2014)
* University of Southern California (opened June 26, 2013)


* Regis University (opened April 30, 2013)
* University of Colorado at Boulder (opened June 18, 2013)
* University of Colorado at Denver (opened April 29, 2014)
* University of Denver (opened Dec. 12, 2013)
* University of Connecticut (opened Dec. 6, 2013)

District of Columbia

* Catholic University of America (opened Jan. 8, 2014)


* Florida State University (opened April 3, 2014)


* Emory University (opened Dec. 13, 2013)


* University of Hawaii at Manoa (opened May 28, 2013)


* University of Idaho (opened April 18, 2013)


* Knox College (opened Jan. 1, 2014)


* University of Chicago (opened June 28, 2013)


* Indiana University-Bloomington (March 12, 2014)
* Vincennes University (March 20, 2014)


* Amherst College (opened Jan. 1, 2014)
* Boston University (opened Dec. 16, 2013)
* Emerson College (opened Dec. 23, 2013)
* Harvard College (opened April 24, 2014)
* Harvard Law School (opened Dec. 21, 2010)
* University of Massachusetts-Amherst (opened June 30, 2011)


* Frostburg State University (opened Sept. 18, 2013)


* Michigan State University (first case opened July 21, 2011; second
case opened Feb. 18, 2014)
* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (opened Feb. 21, 2014)

North Carolina

* Guiliford College (opened Nov. 18, 2013)
* University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (opened March 1, 2013)

North Dakota

* Minot State University (opened Feb. 26, 2014)

New Hampshire

* Dartmouth College (opened May 31, 2013)

New Jersey

* Princeton University (opened Dec. 15, 2010)

New York

* CUNY Hunter College (opened Feb. 8, 2013)
* Hobart and William Smith Colleges (opened April 24, 2014)
* Sarah Lawrence College (opened Dec. 4, 2013)
* State University of New York at Binghamton (opened Dec. 31, 2013)


* Denison University (opened March 7, 2014)
* Ohio State University (opened June 23, 2010)
* Wittenberg University (first case opened Aug. 25, 2011; second
case opened April 18, 2013)


* Oklahoma State University (opened April 10, 2014)


* Carnegie Mellon University (opened Jan. 13, 2014)
* Franklin and Marshall College (opened March 26, 2014)
* Pennsylvania State University (opened Jan. 23, 2014)
* Swarthmore College (opened July 12, 2013)
* Temple University (opened Aug. 9, 2013)


* Vanderbilt University (opened March 12, 2014)


* Southern Methodist University (first case opened Aug. 17, 2011;
second case opened April 19, 2013; third case opened April 19, 2013)
* The University of Texas-Pan American (opened April 21, 2014)


* College of William and Mary (opened April 18, 2014)
* University of Virginia (opened June 30, 2011)


* Washington State University (opened Jan. 15, 2013)


* University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (opened Feb. 14, 2014)

West Virginia

* Bethany College (opened April 28, 2014)
* West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (opened March 25, 2013)
Lhamon also noted that an institution's inclusion on the list "in no
way indicates at this stage that the college or university is
violating or has violated the law."

The list spans a wide range of types of institutions, including elite
research universities, public universities, small liberal arts
colleges, and a community college. Some of the investigations have
been previously reported in the press, but others were disclosed for
the first time.

Of the 55 colleges and universities on the list, 23 have
investigations that were opened within the past four months.
Twenty-seven of the ongoing inquiries were begun in 2013, and six
remain open from 2012 or 2011.

The longest-standing investigation is at Ohio State University, which
began in June 2010. Inquiries into Harvard Law School and Princeton
University, which both started in December 2010, also remain open.
At three institutions, the department's Office for Civil Rights has
launched multiple investigations that remain open. Southern Methodist
University has three separate investigations (one from 2011 and two
from 2013), and Michigan State University and Wittenburg University
each have two.

The department would previously confirm Title IX investigations on an
individual basis when asked but has never published a full list of
current investigations. Going forward, an updated copy of the list
will be made available "upon request" to those who contact the civil
rights office, the department said.

Over the objection of some colleges and universities, the list
released Thursday does not distinguish between the two types of Title
IX investigations that an institution may be facing.

The department begins investigations in response to formal complaints
that are filed against an institution, but it also proactively
initiates compliance reviews for a number of reasons.

Indiana University at Bloomington swiftly issued a statement
Thursday, noting that it was on the list because of a compliance

"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," the statement said.
But department officials played down that distinction.

"Compliance reviews are not random audits of schools," Dorie Nolt,
the department's spokeswoman, said. "They are selected based on
various sources of information, including statistical data, news
reports and information from parents, advocacy groups and community

Nolt declined to say which of the investigations at the 55 colleges
began as a result of a complaint and which were begun as proactive
compliance reviews.

"Both compliance reviews and complaint-based investigations can
include narrower allegations pertaining to one or more individuals;
issues related to school policies or practices that are systemic in
nature and impact entire student bodies, schools, or school systems;
or a combination of these elements," she added.

The disclosure comes as Vice President Joe Biden called on colleges
this week to do a better job of combating sexual assault on their
campus. The administration on Tuesday released dozens of new
recommendations to colleges as well as new legal guidance for
complying with Title IX.

Publishing the list of which colleges are currently under
investigation is also the latest indication by the Education
Department that it is increasingly taking a harder line with colleges
when it comes to sexual assault.

The administration announced this week that OCR had changed its
policy to require negotiations with colleges over voluntary
resolution to conclude within 90 days of beginning -- an effort that
some victims' advocates said would prevent institutions from stalling
the negotiations. OCR investigators are also having a more visible
presence on campuses when they conduct inquiries, the administration

The Education Department also took the unusual step on Monday of
finding that an institution is out of compliance with Title IX and
warning that it may lose all federal funding. The OCR said that Tufts
University's current policies and procedures were violating federal
law and that it may seek to cut off federal funding to the
institution if it does not recommit to a voluntary resolution
agreement that it backed out of last week to protest the finding of
noncompliance, which it rejects.

Dana Bolger of Know Your IX, an advocacy group which has been pushing
for greater transparency and more stringent enforcement in Title IX
sexual assault cases, said she was "thrilled" that the department
released the list.

"It's great that the department has published this information," she
said. "You can see that it's been going viral and trending on
Facebook because parents and students are really happy to have this

Bolger also said the group would like to see the department go
further and provide more information about Title IX cases on an
ongoing basis and in a user-friendly format on the administration's
new portal for sexual assault prevention resources.

The list posted on the Education Department's website received an
"unprecedented" volume of traffic on Thursday, according to Nolt, the
department spokeswoman. The site was also unavailable for several
hours Thursday after the list was posted.

The press release containing the list of colleges under investigation
fueled a record-setting day for web traffic to, she said, as
the site hit an all time record for page views and visits from social
media sites. The list was also the most-viewed .gov website across
all such sites tracked by the Government Services Administration's
analytics program.

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