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.StateInstitution Arizona Arizona State University California Butte-Glen Community College District Occidental College University of California-Berkeley University of Southern California Colorado Regis University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Denver University of Denver Connecticut University of Connecticut DC Catholic University of America Florida Florida State University Georgia Emory University Hawaii University of Hawaii at Manoa Idaho University of Idaho Illinois Knox College University of Chicago Indiana Indiana University-Bloomington Vincennes University Massachusetts Amherst College Boston University Emerson College Harvard College Harvard University — Law School University of Massachusetts-Amherst Maryland Frostburg State University Michigan Michigan State University University of Michigan-Ann Arbor North Carolina Guilford College University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Dakota Minot State University New Hampshire Dartmouth College New Jersey Princeton University New York Cuny Hunter College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Sarah Lawrence College Suny at Binghamton Ohio Denison University Ohio State University Wittenberg University Oklahoma Oklahoma State University Pennsylvania Carnegie Mellon University Franklin and Marshall College Pennsylvania State University Swarthmore College Temple University Tennessee Vanderbilt University Texas Southern Methodist University The University of Texas-Pan American Virginia College of William and Mary University of Virginia Washington Washington State University Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Whitewater West Virginia Bethany College West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicin