>>> Title IX is the portion of the US Education Amendments Act of 1972 that bans sex-based discrimination in any educational program or activity that receives federal funds. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX and investigates alleged violations. 

 

One area the OCR investigates is "possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints." Universities and colleges are notoriously secretive and touchy about whether or not they're under Title IX investigation involving sexual violence (defined as "rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse and sexual coercion").


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In May 2014, the Education Department took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of postsecondary educational institutions that were under such investigation. The accompanying press release noted:

"Releasing this list advances a key goal of President Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to bring more transparency to the federal government's enforcement activities around this issue."

 

The press release also said something odd, promising a form of quasi-transparency: "The list of institutions under investigation for Title IX sexual violence issues will be updated regularly and made available to the public upon request by contacting OCR or to media by contacting the Press Office at press@ed.gov."

 

Instead of simply posting a constantly updated list online, the Department makes the list available only upon request. This is one of many cases of sensitive info being technically available but only if you ask for it - it isn't posted online, even though it easily could be. (Financial disclosures of White House staff is another example.)

 

The Office for Civil Rights does post a simple table showing the number of open investigations concerning sexual violence and other areas, but no details are given. Admirably, the OCR posts lots of info and documents about closed Title IX sexual violence investigations. But nowhere do they post a list of currently open investigations. What's more, they don't mention that the list is available by request. You'd only know that if you found the May 1, 2014 press release in a section of archived press releases on the Department of Education's main site. Sara Dudley kindly alerted me to it.

 

Since the original list is almost two years old, I decided to try getting the newest version. Considering that we're now under a new administration with a new Secretary of Education, I wasn't sure what would happen. On April 4, less than 48 hours after I sent my request, I received the list. Kudos to the OCR.

 

I've posted the list as the original PDF that was sent to me (above) and have extracted it to the right.

 

The list shows that colleges and universities in 44 states plus DC and Puerto Rico are being investigated. It's filled with prestigious names, including Princeton, Duke, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth, Columbia, Notre Dame, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and William & Mary. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University is on the list. Cornell has the most open investigations (six).

 

Final note: As Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said when the (much shorter) list was released in May 2014: "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."


The List

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List of sexual violence investigations open at the postsecondary level, including the dates the specific investigations were initiated. As of March 22, 2017, there are 316 sexual violence cases under investigation at 229 postsecondary institutions.


AL

MARION MILITARY INSTITUTE

4/16/2015

AL

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

5/23/2016

AR

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS MAIN CAMPUS

Case 1: 4/21/2016

Case 2: 4/21/2016


AZ


ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS

Case 1: 1/26/2012

Case 2: 9/29/2016

Case 3: 12/29/2016

CA

BUTTE-GLENN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

2/27/2013

CA

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

Case 1: 9/30/2014

Case 2: 11/14/2016

CA

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN LUIS OBISPO

12/9/2015

CA

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS

10/27/2016

CA

HARVEY MUDD COLLEGE

12/28/2016

CA

LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY

8/5/2016

CA

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 6/8/2016

Case 2: 10/25/2016

CA

POMONA COLLEGE

10/2/2015

CA

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA

5/19/2016

CA

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

3/10/2015

CA

SAN JOSE-EVERGREEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

11/12/2014

CA

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

11/24/2015


CA


STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 2/26/2015

Case 2: 7/23/2015

Case 3: 7/23/2015

Case 4: 4/18/2016

CA

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY

Case 1: 3/25/2014

Case 2: 7/15/2015

CA

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS

3/24/2015

CA

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES

8/8/2014

CA

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO

Case 1: 5/6/2015

Case 2: 1/12/2016

CA

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SANTA CRUZ

Case 1: 3/13/2015

Case 2: 6/22/2016

CA

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

8/6/2015

CA

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Case 1: 6/26/2013

Case 2: 3/8/2016

CA

WESTMONT COLLEGE

12/1/2016

CO

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 6/24/2014

Case 2: 3/2/2016

CO

REGIS UNIVERSITY

4/30/2013

CO

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER

6/18/2013

CO

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT DENVER

4/29/2014

CO

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Case 1: 12/12/2013

Case 2: 3/10/2015

CT

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

2/17/2015

DC

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 3/11/2015

Case 2: 6/21/2016

DC

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

1/8/2014

DE

DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY

2/12/2016

DE

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

5/8/2014

FL

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

4/3/2014

FL

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

7/20/2015

FL

STETSON UNIVERSITY

11/29/2016

FL

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

1/20/2017

FL

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Case 1: 10/9/2015

Case 2: 3/11/2016

FL

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

9/3/2014

GA

EMORY UNIVERSITY

12/13/2013

GA

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

11/19/2015

GA

OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY

6/23/2015

GA

SPELMAN COLLEGE

11/19/2015

HI

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA

5/28/2013

IA

DRAKE UNIVERSITY

10/3/2014

IA

GRINNELL COLLEGE

7/22/2015

IA

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 10/15/2014

Case 2: 11/3/2016

IA

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

4/20/2015

ID

COLLEGE OF IDAHO

3/8/2016

ID

IDAHO STATE UNVERSITY

6/5/2015

ID

LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE

3/10/2016

ID

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

Case 1: 4/18/2013

Case 2: 5/27/2015

IL

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

12/15/2015

IL

JUDSON UNIVERSITY

10/20/2015


IL


KNOX COLLEGE

Case 1: 1/2/2014

Case 2: 6/26/2014

Case 3: 4/6/2016

Case 4: 9/16/2014

IL

MONMOUTH COLLEGE

9/11/2015

IL

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE

Case 1: 9/4/2015

Case 2: 12/14/2015


IL


UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Case 1: 6/28/2013

Case 2: 2/3/2016

Case 3: 2/3/2016

IL

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

4/22/2016

IL

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Case 1: 8/24/2016

Case 2: 3/13/2017

IN

GRACE COLLEGE AND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

4/18/2016

IN

HANOVER COLLEGE

8/5/2016


IN


INDIANA UNIVERSITY-BLOOMINGTON

Case 1: 3/12/2014

Case 2: 6/30/2015

Case 3: 5/17/2016

Case 4: 9/1/2016

Case 5: 10/31/2016

IN

INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY-FORT WAYNE

6/10/2016

IN

PURDUE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS

Case 1: 8/5/2016

Case 2: 12/12/2016

IN

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Case 1: 2/19/2016

Case 2: 12/23/2016

IN

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

10/3/2014

IN

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 3/20/2014

Case 2: 2/19/2016


KS


KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 8/4/2014

Case 2: 4/20/2015

Case 3: 9/24/2015

Case 4: 11/24/2015

KS

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Case 1: 7/16/2014

Case 2: 7/20/2015

KS

WASHBURN UNIVERSITY

7/1/2014

KY

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

2/16/2017

KY

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

4/14/2015

LA

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY-SYSTEM OFFICE

8/4/2015

LA

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS

2/5/2016

MA

AMHERST COLLEGE

1/6/2014

MA

BABSON COLLEGE

4/28/2016

MA

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

6/19/2014

MA

BOSTON COLLEGE

12/4/2015

MA

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

12/16/2013

MA

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 3/1/2016

Case 2: 3/1/2016

MA

CLARK UNIVERSITY

4/18/2016

MA

EMERSON COLLEGE

12/23/2013

MA

HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE

7/17/2014

MA

HARVARD COLLEGE

Case 1: 4/24/2014

Case 2: 3/3/2016

MA

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

8/13/2015

MA

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 10/30/2014

Case 2: 7/5/2016

MA

REGIS COLLEGE

9/12/2016

MA

STONEHILL

3/3/2016

MA

TUFTS UNIVERSITY

8/13/2015

MA

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST

Case 1: 6/30/2011

Case 2: 9/24/2015

MA

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-DARTMOUTH

7/16/2014

MA

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE

12/3/2015

MD

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

8/8/2014

MD

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 6/26/2014

Case 2: 10/25/2016

MD

MOUNT SAINT MARYS UNIVERSITY

5/18/2016


MD


SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND

Case 1: 2/6/2015

Case 2: 2/6/2015

Case 3: 2/6/2015

Case 4: 3/10/2015

MD

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY

Case 1: 7/19/2016

Case 2: 12/7/2016

MD

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND-COLLEGE PARK

1/11/2017

MI

ALMA COLLEGE

10/20/2015

MI

GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

10/6/2014

MI

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-ANN ARBOR

2/21/2014

MN

COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA

8/26/2016

MN

SAINT CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

11/5/2015

MN

SAINT OLAF COLLEGE

5/24/2016

MO

MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

5/21/2014

MO

WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE

9/9/2015

MS

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

7/5/2016

MT

DAWSON CC

5/19/2016


NC


DUKE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 11/20/2015

Case 2: 8/11/2016

Case 3: 12/21/2016

NC

GUILFORD COLLEGE

11/18/2013

NC

METHODIST UNIVERSITY

2/1/2017

NC

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

3/1/2013

ND

WILLISTON STATE COLLEGE

10/31/2016

NE

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

11/20/2015

NE

CHADRON STATE COLLEGE

5/17/2016

NE

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY

8/20/2015

NE

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN

9/30/2014


NH


DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Case 1: 5/31/2013

Case 2: 8/21/2015

Case 3: 2/22/2017

NJ

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

4/21/2016

NJ

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 9/30/2015

Case 2: 8/11/2016

NJ

RIDER UNIVERSITY

4/4/2016

NJ

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

7/22/2015

NY

BARD COLLLEGE

12/30/2015

NY

BARNARD COLLEGE

12/29/2014

NY

CANISIUS COLLEGE

12/11/2014


NY


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 1/8/2015

Case 2: 7/30/2015

Case 3: 6/23/2016

Case 4: 10/18/2016


NY


CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 5/26/2015

Case 2: 12/2/2015

Case 3: 6/16/2016

Case 4: 8/16/2016

Case 5: 9/28/2016

Case 6: 1/25/2017

NY

CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE

9/2/2015

NY

HAMILTON COLLEGE

11/14/2014

NY

HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES

Case 1: 4/24/2014

Case 2: 8/10/2015

NY

ITHACA COLLEGE

12/2/2016

NY

MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

4/27/2016

NY

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

7/16/2015

NY

PACE UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK

7/22/2014

NY

POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

5/22/2015

NY

ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY

8/17/2016

NY

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE

7/9/2014

NY

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE

12/4/2013

NY

SKIDMORE COLLEGE

1/28/2016

NY

ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 5/27/2015

Case 2: 10/1/2015

NY

SUNY AT ALBANY UNIVERSITY

6/16/2015

NY

SUNY AT STONY BROOK

7/23/2014

NY

SUNY BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE

Case 1: 4/7/2015

Case 2: 3/26/2015

NY

SUNY COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT

2/12/2015

NY

SUNY COLLEGE AT PLATTSBURGH

1/4/2017

NY

SUNY COLLEGE AT POTSDAM

Case : 6/22/2016

NY

SUNY COLLEGE AT PURCHASE

1/5/2015

NY

SUNY UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

5/12/2016

NY

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

6/22/2016

NY

THE PRATT INSTITUTE

8/26/2015

NY

UNION COLLEGE

9/16/2015

NY

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

5/21/2015

OH

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

8/31/2015

OH

COLLEGE OF WOOSTER

Case 1: 9/2/2016

Case 2: 9/29/2016

OH

DENISON UNIVERSITY

3/7/2014

OH

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY

6/6/2016

OH

KENYON COLLEGE

9/7/2016

OH

MIAMI UNIVERSITY-OXFORD

11/3/2016

OH

OBERLIN COLLEGE

Case 1: 11/24/2015

Case 2: 1/9/2017

OH

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 8/12/2015

Case 2: 1/3/2017

OH

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

5/6/2014

OH

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI-MAIN CAMPUS

Case 1: 2/9/2016

Case 2: 2/17/2017

OH

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 8/25/2011

Case 2: 4/18/2013

OK

LANGSTON UNIVERSITY

11/26/2014

OK

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

4/10/2014

OK

THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

4/14/2016

PA

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Case 1: 12/5/2014

Case 2: 7/30/2015

PA

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

1/13/2014

PA

ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE

11/20/2014

PA

FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE

3/26/2014

PA

GANNON UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 6/1/2016

Case 2: 7/20/2016

PA

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY

12/2/2015

PA

MANOR COLLEGE

3/13/2017

PA

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

1/23/2014

PA

POINT PARK UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 2/19/2015

Case 2: 2/27/2015

PA

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

7/12/2013


PA


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 8/9/2013

Case 2: 11/19/2014

Case 3: 11/20/2015

PA

VALLEY FORGE MILITARY COLLEGE

4/23/2015

PR

UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO

9/14/2015

RI

BROWN UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 7/10/2014

Case 2: 4/10/2015

SC

WOFFORD COLLEGE

3/7/2017

TN

RHODES COLLEGE

6/1/2016

TN

SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

2/12/2016

TN

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESEE

Case 1: 6/29/2015

Case 2: 7/21/2015

TN

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE @ CHATTANOOGA

Case 1: 12/5/2014

Case 2: 4/3/2015

TN

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 3/12/2014

Case 2: 1/13/2017

TX

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

10/18/2016

TX

CISCO JUNIOR COLLEGE

5/7/2014

TX

PAUL QUINN COLLEGE

3/23/2016

TX

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 2/18/2016

Case 2: 3/13/2017

TX

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

3/18/2015

TX

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

2/24/2016

TX

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN

4/21/2014

TX

TRINITY UNIVERSITY

7/31/2015

TX

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

10/27/2015

TX

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS-DENTON

9/6/2016

UT

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

8/4/2016

UT

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

6/23/2016

UT

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

1/20/2015

VA

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY

4/18/2014

VA

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

9/12/2016

VA

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

6/4/2014

VA

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

11/28/2016

VA

UNIVERSITY OF MARY WASHINGTON

11/30/2016

VA

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

Case 1: 6/12/2014

Case 2: 9/16/2016

VA

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA -MAIN CAMPUS

7/22/2016

VA

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 7/14/2015

Case 2: 12/8/2015

VA

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY

2/18/2015

VT

MARLBORO COLLEGE

10/6/2014

WA

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

12/1/2016

WA

EDMONDS CC

5/19/2016

WA

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-SEATTLE

6/1/2015


WA


WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 1/15/2013

Case 2: 9/23/2015

Case 3: 5/10/2016

Case 4: 3/20/2017

WA

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Case 1: 4/17/2015

Case 2: 11/5/2015

WA

WHITMAN COLLEGE

11/7/2014

WA

WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY

5/10/2016

WI

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN

Case 1: 9/1/2015

Case 2: 11/29/2016


WI


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

Case 1: 2/24/2015

Case 2: 8/12/2015

Case 3: 11/18/2015

Case 4: 5/20/2016

WI

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

Case 1: 2/14/2014

Case 2: 9/10/2015

WV

BETHANY COLLEGE

4/28/2014

WV

DAVIS AND ELKINS COLLEGE

9/5/2014

WV

JAMES RUMSEY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

7/19/2016

WV

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

1/27/2017

WV

WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

3/25/2013

WY

LARAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

2/4/2016

WY

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

7/22/2016