IU-Bloomington, Vincennes U. face federal scrutiny

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is "far too common." They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they've sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is "far too common." They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they've sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Indiana University-Bloomington and Vincennes University over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

The federal agency said Thursday the schools are among 55 nationwide being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints under a federal law mandating equal opportunities for men and women.

That law also regulates schools’ handling of sexual violence and is increasingly being used by victims who say their schools didn’t protect them.

IU spokesman Mark Land says the federal agency has confirmed that it didn’t receive any complaints against IU-Bloomington “that would have triggered an investigation.”

He says IU and the other schools were chosen randomly for “a routine compliance review” of their handling of sexual abuse and harassment complaints.

Vincennes University did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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