OCR to Investigate Five More Colleges for Handling of Campus Sexual Assault Cases


The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has brought five more American colleges under investigation for their handling of campus sexual assault.

The list overall consists of 71 colleges, where at least one student has filed a Title IX complaint related to sexual violence. The Education Department first published a list of 55 schools under Title IX investigation on May 1 and has published two updates since then.

The new schools listed are: the Brown University, Hampshire College, St. Thomas Aquinas College, the University of Kansas and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Brown came under the investigation radar as a result of a complaint filed by student Lena Sclove, in May.

"OCR will examine Brown University's handling of complaints and reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to determine whether Brown has responded promptly and effectively, with particular emphasis on complaints of sexual assault," Christina Brandt-Young, senior staff attorney at Legal Momentum, the nonprofit group helping Sclove, told The Huffington Post. "This will include Ms. Sclove's case."

KU school officials said the school will cooperate in the federal review.

"KU does not tolerate sexual assault, and students have been suspended and expelled as a result of violating university policies," said Tammara Durham, vice provost for students affairs at KU, LJ World reports.

Durham said that KU is dedicated to creating a safe environment and improving practises to prevent sexual violence and harassment on campus.

Earlier this year, a White House task force found that one in every 5 female students is assaulted.

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