As part of an effort to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, the Department of Education has named 55 schools under investigation for possibly Title IX sexual harassment violations:
The schools range from big public universities like Ohio State University, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Arizona State University to private schools like Knox College in Illinois, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Catholic University of America in the District of Columbia. Ivy League schools like Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth are also on the list.
In a statement, the Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights explained the decision to reveal the schools:
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. 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.
As the Wire notes, the investigation doesn't necessarily imply error or guilt, it's about awareness and disclosure. As a result, they've marked all 55 schools on this map. This is the type of information that current and potential students want to know about.
[via Associated Press and The Wire]
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