It seems as if no American college or university is safe from inclusion on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights list denoting all institutions that may be guilty of mishandling sexual assault cases on campus. While the OCR initially released a rundown of 55 potential Title IX violations, it appears as if that number has grown, with James Madison University named most recently to the list of now 62 higher education institutions nationwide that are under investigation in connection with sexual violence issues. This brings the count up to three public universities in Virginia that are facing the federal probe.
JMU was added to the list last week, even though the investigation was actually opened on June 4, according to the federal government. No further information had been made available about the case at time of publication.
However, the university based in Harrisonburg, Virginia, did release a statement in regards to the Title IX complaint. Officials say they are currently working in conjunction with the Education Department.
“James Madison University takes very seriously any allegation of sexual assault and is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the JMU community,” the statement said.
The institution that’s home to approximately 20,200 students joins four other D.C.-area colleges and universities that are currently under investigation for alleged Title IX sexual violence violations. Catholic University, College of William and Mary, Frostburg State University and University of Virginia are all included on the federal list, too.