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:
- AZ Arizona State University
- CA Butte-Glen Community College District
- CA Occidental College
- CA University of California-Berkeley
- CA University of Southern California
- CO Regis University
- CO University of Colorado at Boulder
- CO University of Colorado at Denver
- CO University of Denver
- CT University of Connecticut
- DC Catholic University of America
- FL Florida State University
- GA Emory University
- HI University of Hawaii at Manoa
- ID University of Idaho
- IL Knox College
- IL University of Chicago
- IN Indiana University-Bloomington
- IN Vincennes University
- MA Amherst College
- MA Boston University
- MA Emerson College
- MA Harvard College
- MA Harvard University—Law School
- MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst
- MD Frostburg State University
- MI Michigan State University
- MI University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
- NC Guilford College
- NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- ND Minot State University
- NH Dartmouth College
- NJ Princeton University
- NY Cuny Hunter College
- NY Hobart and William Smith Colleges
- NY Sarah Lawrence College
- NY Suny at Binghamton
- OH Denison University
- OH Ohio State University
- OH Wittenberg University
- OK Oklahoma State University
- PA Carnegie Mellon University
- PA Franklin and Marshall College
- PA Pennsylvania State University
- PA Swarthmore College
- PA Temple University
- TN Vanderbilt University
- TX Southern Methodist University
- TX The University of Texas-Pan American
- VA College of William and Mary
- VA University of Virginia
- WA Washington State University
- WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
- WV Bethany College
- WV West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine