Title IX

Tracking Sexual Assault Investigations
In this era of enforcement, the government has conducted 330 investigations of colleges for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence.
So far, 53 cases have been resolved and 277 remain open.

Recent Developments

12:15 p.m.

A male student who was found to have violated the University of Michigan's sexual-misconduct policy sued the institution in September 2016, arguing for his reinstatement. The female student who had accused him of rape subsequently sued him.

2 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice said it had resolved an investigation at Wheaton College, in Massachusetts. Nearly all of the other federal investigations listed in this tracker have been conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

5:40 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened two new cases, one each at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Richmond. The cases are the universities' second in this era of enforcement.

5 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened three new cases, one each at George Mason University, Kenyon College, and Northwest College, in Wyoming. Each case is its institution's first in this era of enforcement.

2 p.m.

The Kansas City Star reports that the University of Kansas found that a football player involved in two high-profile cases of alleged sexual assault was responsible for violating its sexual-misconduct policy, and expelled him.

1 p.m.

The University of California at Los Angeles has reached a settlement with two graduate students who alleged that campus officials had discouraged them from making a formal complaint that a professor had sexually harassed them. One student will receive $350,000 and the other $110,000, plus a yearlong fellowship. The university pointed out changes to its sexual-misconduct policies and procedures and said that in 2014, it had suspended the professor in question for a quarter without pay, required him to attend sexual-harassment training, removed him as director of a center, and restricted his contact with students.

12:30 p.m.

In a pending lawsuit against Brown University, a student who alleges that it unfairly suspended him after he was accused of sexual misconduct may return to the campus. A federal judge ruled that Brown could not enforce the student's suspension until the case was resolved.

12:20 p.m.

The University of Tennessee system has appointed an independent commission to examine Title IX efforts on all campuses, including Knoxville and Chattanooga.

12:15 p.m.

Two alleged victims of sexual assault have spoken publicly about what they see as an inadequate response by the University of Richmond. One said she had filed a federal complaint against the institution.

noon

A second alleged victim has sued the University of San Diego, arguing that it mishandled her report of sexual assault. "When the evidence comes out," a university official told The San Diego Union-Tribune, "it will demonstrate that USD responded promptly and appropriately.”

3:15 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had resolved an investigation at Frostburg State University, after finding that its policies and procedures did not comply with Title IX regulations and that two complainants and possibly other students were subjected to a sexually hostile environment.

noon

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened three new cases, one each at the College of Wooster, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and the University of North Texas at Denton. Each case is its institution's first in this era of enforcement.

5:30 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened two new cases, one each at the College of St. Scholastica, its first in this era of enforcement, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, its second (another was resolved in 2013).

12:45 p.m.

In a case involving two athletes, a former student who had reported a sexual assault on the campus sued the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in August 2016, arguing that it had acted with "deliberate indifference," resulting in a hostile environment that forced her to leave the institution.

12:30 p.m.

A former student who was found responsible for sexual assault and expelled has sued Rider University, arguing that it "refused to afford him any semblance of fundamental fairness."

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