The U.S. Department of Education released Thursday the names of all 55 colleges facing Title IX sexual assault investigations.
The list marks the first time the Department of Education has released a comprehensive list of schools under Title IX review. The publication of the list also comes just two days after a White House task force on campus sexual assault said that it would endeavor to create greater transparency in the government's Title IX investigative process.
"We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue," Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said in a statement on the department's website. " 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."
Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. Students at dozens of colleges have filed Title IX complaints against their schools for mishandling sexual assault complaints on campus.
The Department of Education said it will not release any additional information about individual investigations other than when they began. The department added that it will disclose upon request as to whether each school did indeed violate Title IX and whether the school came to a resolution agreement with the government when each individual investigation is complete.
These are the schools currently under investigation. The list will be updated as new investigations arise and old ones are closed.
Arizona State University
Butte-Glen Community College District
University of California-Berkeley
University of Southern California
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
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Chicago
Frostburg State University
Harvard University—Law School
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Michigan State University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Cuny Hunter College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Sarah Lawrence College
Suny at Binghamton
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Minot State University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Franklin and Marshall College
Pennsylvania State University
Southern Methodist University
The University of Texas-Pan American
College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
Washington State University
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
The White House on Wednesday released a PSA starring Daniel Craig, Steve Carell and others as part of a larger plan to curb sexual assault in the U.S.: