Interactive: Colleges pending sexual assault investigations
Sexual assault and harassment at colleges and universities are considered types of discrimination that violate Title IX, the 1972 gender equality law.
In order to comply with Title IX, schools must have policies in place that protect students from sexual assault, encourage a healthy learning environment, and respond to reports of sexual assault and gender-based violence promptly and thoroughly. If a student believes his/her right to an education has been violated by a school’s response to a sexual assault complaint, he/she can file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
This spring, two days after a White House task force on campus sexual assault released recommendations for schools to do better when dealing with gender-based violence, the Education Department released a list of 55 schools under investigation for Title IX violations. The list only includes the name of the school under investigation and the date the investigations began. Until May, the Department of Education did not release the names of schools under investigation for possible Title IX violations.
The list has since grown to 76 schools.