4 Colo. universities under investigation for handling of sexual violence, harassment complaints

Title IX investigations at 55 universities

DENVER - Four Colorado universities are under investigation for possible violations in their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Regis University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Denver are all among the list of 55 colleges and universities undergoing investigations by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

The office says this is the first release of a comprehensive list of campuses under investigation since the passage of the Title IX education amendments of 1972. Those amendments prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The investigations at the schools on the list either began with a complaint or a compliance review.

Moving forward, the office says it will update the list periodically and make it available upon request.

"We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue," Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said in a statement provided by the office. "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."

No case-specific details are being released by the Department of Education, and they say information about any resolution agreements reached as a result of the investigation will only be released upon request after the inquiry concludes.

Regis released a statement saying it currently has one complaint pending before the Office of Civil Rights which stems from a 2011 alleged incident.

"Regis University takes the complaint seriously and has responded appropriately. At Regis University, the safety and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority," the statement said.

DU released a similar statement, saying: "This OCR claim is just that, a claim. The University is cooperating fully with the OCR, responding to the agency regarding this matter three months ago. No determination has been made by them as of this date."

Colorado is one of three states with four institutions on the list. Massachusetts and Pennsylvania each have five schools on the list.

List of institutions, in alphabetical order by state:

  1. AZ           Arizona State University
  2. CA          Butte-Glen Community College District
  3. CA          Occidental College
  4. CA          University of California-Berkeley
  5. CA          University of Southern California
  6. CO          Regis University
  7. CO          University of Colorado at Boulder
  8. CO          University of Colorado at Denver
  9. CO          University of Denver
  10. CT           University of Connecticut
  11. DC          Catholic University of America
  12. FL            Florida State University
  13. GA          Emory University
  14. HI            University of Hawaii at Manoa
  15. ID            University of Idaho
  16. IL             Knox College
  17. IL             University of Chicago
  18. IN           Indiana University-Bloomington
  19. IN           Vincennes University
  20. MA         Amherst College
  21. MA         Boston University
  22. MA         Emerson College
  23. MA         Harvard College
  24. MA         Harvard University—Law School
  25. MA         University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  26. MD         Frostburg State University
  27. MI          Michigan State University
  28. MI          University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  29. NC          Guilford College
  30. NC          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  31. ND          Minot State University
  32. NH          Dartmouth College
  33. NJ           Princeton University
  34. NY          Cuny Hunter College
  35. NY          Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  36. NY          Sarah Lawrence College
  37. NY          Suny at Binghamton
  38. OH          Denison University
  39. OH          Ohio State University
  40. OH          Wittenberg University
  41. OK          Oklahoma State University
  42. PA          Carnegie Mellon University
  43. PA          Franklin and Marshall College
  44. PA          Pennsylvania State University
  45. PA          Swarthmore College
  46. PA          Temple University
  47. TN          Vanderbilt University
  48. TX           Southern Methodist University
  49. TX           The University of Texas-Pan American
  50. VA          College of William and Mary
  51. VA          University of Virginia
  52. WA         Washington State University
  53. WI          University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  54. WV         Bethany College
  55. WV         West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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