55 Colleges Face Investigation Over Sexual Assault Cases

From the editors at ELLE.com, the released list is part of a push from the White House to combat sexual assaults on campus.

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Today, the Obama administration released a list of 55 colleges and universities being investigated for allegedly mishandling sexual assault and harassment complaints on campus. The schools face inquiry for possible violations of Title IX, the gender equality law that is most associated with athletics, but which also prohibits gender discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

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"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 E. Lhamon, the assistant secretary for civil rights, 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."

This list comes after the White House released new guidelines to put pressure on colleges and universities to combat sexual assaults on campus more aggressively and a video PSA featuring celebrities like Steve Carell and Daniel Craig speaking out against sexual assault.

Below is the list of schools under investigation:

• Arizona State University

• Butte-Glenn Community College District

• Occidental College

• University of California-Berkeley

• University of Southern California

• Regis University

• University of Colorado at Boulder

• University of Colorado at Denver

• University of Denver

• University of Connecticut

• Catholic University of America

• Florida State University

• Emory University

• University of Hawaii at Manoa

• University of Idaho

• Knox College

• University of Chicago

• Indiana University-Bloomington

• Vincennes University

• Boston University

• Emerson College

• Harvard College

• Harvard Law

• Amherst College

• University of Massachusetts-Amherst

• Frostburg State University

• Michigan State University

• University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

• Guilford College

• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

• Minot State University

• Dartmouth College

• Princeton University

• City University of New York - Hunter College

• Hobart & William Smith Colleges

• Sarah Lawrence College

• State University of New York at Binghamton

• Denison University

• Ohio State University

• Wittenberg University

• Oklahoma State University

• Carnegie Mellon University

• Franklin & Marshall College

• Pennsylvania State University

• Swarthmore College

• Temple University

• Vanderbilt University

• Southern Methodist University

• University of Texas-Pan American

• College of William & Mary

• University of Virginia

• Washington State University

• University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

• Bethany College

• West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

From: ELLE
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