VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI/AP) – In a release on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Vincennes University was selected as one of the 55 institutions to be included in an initial Title IX review.
The Education Department’s decision to release the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater transparency on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.
VU is actively working with the OCR to complete the review process.
“VU is always interested in learning how to improve the campus environment and safety measures for our students, including best practices to combat sexual assault and harassment,” said Lynn White, assistant provost of Student Affairs.
Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request.
“Vincennes University supports the government’s increased emphasis on sexual assault prevention on college campuses and takes an active role in providing informational programming, support services, and processes that effectively address needs and issues,” White said.
The U.S. Department of Education is also investigating Indiana University-Bloomington.
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.