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U.S. Department of Education adds 12 institutions to its Title IX scrutiny list

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The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced last week it has put twelve additional colleges and universities onto the growing list of institutions being investigated for the way they have handled sexual assault cases. The new additions bring the total number of colleges now on the list to 67.

In early May the department took the unusual step of publicly naming 55 institutions that its investigators are looking into to assess if their methods of dealing with sexual assault and harassment conforms with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, requiring gender equity in education, including handling sexual assault complaints properly.

In a written statement at that time Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant education secretary for civil rights said, “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.” Lhamon added, “We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue.”

Newly added to the list are the following 12 colleges and institutions: the University of Alaska, Berklee College of Music, Cisco Junior College, the University of Delaware, Elmira College, James Madison University, Morgan State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, the University of Richmond and Washburn University.

There are no specific details of any assault cases at institutions on the list, though all recent additions involve cases opened from May 5 on.

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