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College Object of Title IX Inquiry

Bloomberg is reporting that the College is the object of a Title IX investigation into its handling of sexual assault reporting:

Dartmouth College and the University of Southern California are under investigation by the U.S. Education Department for their responses to campus sexual harassment and misconduct.

The department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating the two colleges for violations of Title IX, the law that forbids gender discrimination at schools, Jim Bradshaw, a spokesman for the office, said in an e-mail.

The USC probe stems from a complaint students filed against the Los Angeles-based school in May, Bradshaw said. The office initiated the Dartmouth investigation — a review of the school’s compliance with Title IX — on its own, and won’t discuss the reason for it, he said in an e-mail…

Students at Hanover, New Hampshire-based Dartmouth filed a complaint in May that said the college has violated the Clery Act, which requires schools to report crimes, including sexual assaults, to the Education Department. The department began its probe of Dartmouth in May, and it relates to sexual harassment grievance procedures, the college’s response to sexual harassment claims and the designation and notice of a Title IX coordinator, Bradshaw said

The Clery Act complaint mentioned above was filed by members of the RealTalk Dartmouth group. The group did not file a Title IX complaint, and one of the group’s members confirmed to me today that RealTalk members do not know how the Education Department came to initiate its investigation.

Addendum: The Valley News reports on the story here, and the D’s story is here. It has been picked up in the national press as well.

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