The Education Department publicly released Thursday a list of 55 U.S. colleges and universities currently under investigation for mishandling sexual-assault cases, a swift and unprecedented move that arrives just days after the White House pledged more transparency on the issue.
The list is populated with large state schools such as Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, as well as prestigious Ivy League schools, including Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton.
"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 Lhamon, the deparment's assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement. "We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue."
Lhamon additionally noted that a school's appearance on the list "in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated [Title IX]." Going forward, the department will maintain an updated list and make it available upon request.
Title IX is part of a 1972 law that bars gender discrimination at schools that accept federal funding. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have vocally called on the government to do more to stop sexual assaults from occurring on college campuses.
On Tuesday, the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault released its first report, which included recommendations for how colleges should handle sexual violence. The task force, which was created by President Obama in January, said one in five female students is assaulted nationally, often by someone the victim knows.
Arizona State University
Butte-Glen Community College District
University of California-Berkeley
University of Southern California
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver
University of Connecticut
Catholic University of America
Florida State University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Chicago
Harvard University — Law School
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Frostburg State University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Minot State University
Cuny Hunter College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sarah Lawrence College
Suny at Binghamton
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
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicin