Vanderbilt only SEC school among 55 under investigation for possible sexual assault violations
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released the names of 55 colleges and universities that are currently under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. The primary goal of a Title IX investigation is to ensure that the campus is in compliance with federal law, which demands that students are not denied the ability to participate fully in educational and other opportunities due to sex.
Vanderbilt is the only SEC school on the list. Vanderbilt came under national scrutiny after four football players were charged last August with raping and sexually battering a 21-year-old female student on June 23. A fifth pleaded guilty to trying to cover up the incident. All five were dismissed from the football team. An Aug. 11 trial date has been set for two of the defendants.
The DOE's list does not include any facts or specifics of the cases at the schools.
More on the law and the full list of schools currently under investigation.