55 colleges face sex assault investigations; UNC and Guilford included

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WASHINGTON — More than 50 colleges and universities are facing sex assault investigations including two schools in North Carolina.

Federal investigators are checking whether 55 colleges and universities illegally handled sexual violence and harassment complaints, the U.S. Department of Education said Thursday.

Such investigations have long been known, but this is the first time that the department released a list of all such probes currently under way.

On the list are such big-name schools as Arizona State, California-Berkeley, Florida State, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Guilford College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are also included.

The investigations center on Title IX, under which a school must ensure that students are not denied or limited in the ability to participate in or benefit from its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex.


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