Here Are the 55 Colleges in America Facing Federal Sexual-Assault Investigations

The list ranges from behemoth state schools like Arizona State University to several in the Ivy League.

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Dustin Volz
May 1, 2014, 7:53 a.m.

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
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