4 NY colleges named in US federal sex assault investigation

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has taken the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX sexual abuse investigation.

The release comes two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education.

The agency previously would confirm such an investigation when asked, but students and others were often unaware of them.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. It is the same law that guarantees girls equal access to sports, but it also regulates institutions’ handling of sexual violence and increasingly is being used by victims who say their school failed to protect them.

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Hunter College in New York City was named in a list of 55 schools facing sex assault investigation by the Education Department.

Federal education officials say four New York colleges and universities are among campuses being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

The New York institutions include Binghamton University, which is part of the State University of New York system, and Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. They also include Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in the Finger Lakes region, and Sarah Lawrence College, a heavily female college in the New York City suburbs.

Hunter, Sarah Lawrence and Hobart and William Smith all say they are committed to combatting any sexual harassment or violence and have looked for ways to improve their policies. Binghamton hasn’t immediately responded to an inquiry.

This list reflects investigations open as of May 1, 2014. Schools are listed alphabetically by state.

State Institution

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