Tags: feds | investigate | 55 | colleges | sex assault | reports

Feds Investigate 55 Colleges Over Handling of Sex Assault Reports

Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:14 PM

By Morgan Chilson

A total of 55 colleges and universities around the country are being investigated for possibly mishandling sexual assault reports, the U.S. Department of Education said Thursday.

The department released a list of the schools, which include Harvard University Law School, University of California-Berkley, University of Denver, and Emory University.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"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," said Catherine E. Lhamon, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights, according to CNN. “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."

In February, CNN reported that sexual violence complaints on campuses to the Department of Education had tripled since 2009. The department received 17 complaints in 2012 to 30 in 2013.

Stopping sexual violence on campus and better handling sexual violence complaints has been the recent focus in Washington. The White House announced recommendations this week that would strengthen laws protecting students, and encouraged campus prevention programs that have been shown to work. A website, notalone.gov, provides information on campus violence.

There’s also been a push for greater transparency when schools are conducting investigations.

Some think the government isn’t going far enough, though.

“I don’t see why schools need all this help enforcing a law that’s been around since the ’70s,” activist Laura Dunn told Slate. Dunn said the missing piece is enforcement and pointed out that the Department of Education has never sanctioned a school for sexual violence-related violations of Title IX.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved