(Washington, D.C.) Thursday, the Department of Education posted a list of 55 colleges and universities that it is investigating for potential mishandling of sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. This is the first time that the Department has publicly released such a list and comes two days after the Obama Administration released extensive recommendations to combat the pervasive crisis of sexual assault on college campuses.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC Vice-President for Education and Employment:
“When students go to college they assume they’ll be safe on campus. But the Department of Education’s extensive list shows that colleges and universities across the country—including small, large, public and private—are facing Title IX sexual assault complaints. The Department’s decision to make this information public allows students and parents everywhere to know which schools are under investigation and track the resolution process. This critical step puts a spotlight on an issue that’s been hidden for too long.”
NWLC experts on sexual assault are available for interviews.
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