Title IX

Tracking Sexual Assault Investigations
In this era of enforcement, the government has conducted 318 investigations of colleges for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence.
So far, 51 cases have been resolved and 267 remain open.

Recent Developments

1:15 p.m.

A former wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater has filed a lawsuit against the institution, claiming that his contract was not renewed because he reported an alleged sexual assault by a wrestling recruit to local police, not campus officials.

1 p.m.

An alleged victim sued Duke University in August 2016, arguing that it had mishandled her report of a "drug-facilitated rape" by two other students, one the stepson of a former senior administrator.

12:15 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened four new cases, one each at: Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, its first in this era of enforcement; Duke University, its third; Cornell University, its fourth; and Princeton University, its fifth. One investigation at Duke was resolved in 2013, and three at Princeton have also been resolved (two in 2012, one in 2014). All other investigations are active.

5:30 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened four new cases: one each at Brigham Young University, Hanover College, La Sierra University, and Purdue University. A previous investigation at Hanover was resolved in 2013.

5:30 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had administratively closed an investigation at Clemson University.

12:47 p.m.

Case documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act have been added for investigations at Cornell University, Rhodes College, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

5:53 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it has opened three new cases: one at Gannon University of Pennsylvania, its second active investigation, and one each at Clemson University and the University of Virginia. A previous investigation of UVa was resolved in September 2015.

3:30 p.m.

A former hockey player at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks who was criminally acquitted of rape has sued the university system, arguing that it is unreasonably withholding his bachelor’s degree until it completes its investigation.

5:36 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it has opened three new cases: one at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, its fourth active investigation, and one each at the James Rumsey Technical Institute and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, which are both newly under review.

4:45 p.m.

Case documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act have been added for Laramie County Community College and the College of Idaho.

6 p.m.

The University of South Florida fired the director of its communications school, Samuel Bradley, for hiding an investigation into inappropriate sexual relationships with students in his previous job at Texas Tech University. Meanwhile, a faculty member in USF’s English department, Marc Santos, was found to have violated a policy regarding sexual relationships with students (but had already been hired by the University of Northern Colorado).

2:05 p.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it had resolved an investigation at Minot State University after finding that the university's policies were in violation of Title IX.

9:30 a.m.

The Office for Civil Rights said it has opened two new cases: one at Northeastern University, which already has one active investigation, and another at the University of Southern Mississippi, which is newly under review.

5 p.m.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville agreed to pay $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit over its handling of sexual-assault allegations. The university admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The plaintiffs agreed to withdraw two complaints to the Office for Civil Rights over the university's handling of sexual violence, though that doesn't necessarily mean that the office's investigations would be resolved immediately.

9:05 a.m.

The New York Times reported that the federal government had intervened in two students' lawsuits against Kansas State University, telling the university that it had to investigate reports of rape in off-campus fraternity houses. In court filings, the government said that the students' Title IX claims should be allowed to proceed.

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