A total of 55 colleges across the U.S. are under investigation for how they respond to sexual assault under Title IX.
Title IX states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
“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,” Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon said in a statement. “We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue. I also want to make it clear that a college or university’s appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law.”
These investigations are being carried out by the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. They are focusing on schools where there were or are complaints. According to Politico the Department of Education is not disclosing “any case-specific facts or details about investigations”.
This would have been unthinkable while Bill Clinton was in office (I’ve been researching his legacy lately).
See a full list of schools at Washington Post.
See how you can be involved in the movement to add teeth to Title IX at Know Your IX.
Yet more about Title IX and sexual assault is to be found at ACLU’s “Title IX and Sexual Violence in Schools“