The U.S. Department of Education just released a list of 55 colleges and universities it is investigating for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints.
The move is unprecedented, and it’s the first comprehensive look at which universities the government is investigating for Title IX violations, according to the Education Department.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
Here’s the list:
|AZ||Arizona State University|
|CA||Butte-Glen Community College District|
|CA||University of California-Berkeley|
|CA||University of Southern California|
|CO||University of Colorado at Boulder|
|CO||University of Colorado at Denver|
|CO||University of Denver|
|CT||University of Connecticut|
|DC||Catholic University of America|
|FL||Florida State University|
|HI||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|ID||University of Idaho|
|IL||University of Chicago|
|MA||Harvard University — Law School|
|MA||University of Massachusetts-Amherst|
|MD||Frostburg State University|
|MI||Michigan State University|
|MI||University of Michigan-Ann Arbor|
|NC||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|ND||Minot State University|
|NY||Cuny Hunter College|
|NY||Hobart and William Smith Colleges|
|NY||Sarah Lawrence College|
|NY||Suny at Binghamton|
|OH||Ohio State University|
|OK||Oklahoma State University|
|PA||Carnegie Mellon University|
|PA||Franklin and Marshall College|
|PA||Pennsylvania State University|
|TX||Southern Methodist University|
|TX||The University of Texas-Pan American|
|VA||College of William and Mary|
|VA||University of Virginia|
|WA||Washington State University|
|WI||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|WV||West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine|
Earlier this week, the White House urged colleges and universities to help curb sexual assaults on students and announced a new website, NotAlone.gov, to help victims find resources and report crimes, according to Reuters.
Sexual assault is a major problem on college campuses — one in five female students is assaulted, the White House noted, and victims have sued over poor treatment of their cases and lenient punishments for alleged rapists.
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