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Feds Release List Of 55 Colleges Facing Federal Sexual Assault Investigations, And It’s About Time

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shutterstock_131270519__1398975441_142.196.156.251Today the Department of Education released a list of dozens of universities that are facing Title IX sexual assault investigations. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive federal funding — including in their athletics programs. It’s about time these universities are taken to task for their inability to take sexual assault cases seriously.

This week, a task force convened by President Obama met to figure out a way to curb campus sexual assault. One of the things the task force decided was to create greater transparency in their Title IX investigative process. If colleges were adept at handling campus assault we probably wouldn’t need this list, would we?

For example, Florida State’s star athlete Jameis Winston just won a Heisman trophy, a month after state prosecutors revealed that they would not press charges stemming from a rape allegation. FSU never even held a disciplinary hearing to deal with the allegations. Universities that don’t take allegations seriously or that place the careers of athletes over the safety and well-being of their students are the reason a list like this needs to exist.

Yesterday, The White House also released a PSA starring Steve Carrel, Daniel Craig and others as part of their campaign to curb sexual assault.

Here is the full list. It will be updated as new investigations start and others are closed.


Arizona State University


Butte-Glen 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

District of Columbia

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


Frostburg State University


Amherst College

Boston University

Emerson College

Harvard College

Harvard University—Law School

University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Michigan State University

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

New Jersey

Princeton University

New York

Cuny Hunter College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sarah Lawrence College

Suny at Binghamton

North Carolina

Guilford College

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Dakota

Minot State University


Denison University

Ohio State University

Wittenberg University


Oklahoma State University


Carnegie Mellon University

Franklin and Marshall College

Pennsylvania State University

Swarthmore College

Temple University


Vanderbilt University


Southern Methodist University

The University of Texas-Pan American


College of William and Mary

University of Virginia


Washington State University

West Virginia

Bethany College

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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