5 Local Colleges Face Federal Sex Assault Probe

Five local colleges are among campuses being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints, federal education officials disclosed Thursday.

Penn State University, Temple University, Franklin and Marshall, Swarthmore College and Princeton University are among 55 schools nationwide on a federal Education Department list released Thursday. The agency previously would confirm investigations when asked, but students and others were often unaware of them.

Being on the list means only that an investigation is underway, not that a college has been found to have violated federal law regulation institutions' handling of sexual violence. The Education Department didn't disclose details about the investigations or the complaints that prompted the probes.

Here is the list of schools under open investigation:

  • Arizona State University
  • Butte-Glen Community College District
  • Occidental College
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Southern California
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Denver
  • University of Connecticut
  • Catholic University of America
  • Florida State University
  • Emory University
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Idaho
  • Knox College
  • University of Chicago
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Vincennes University
  • Amherst College
  • Boston University
  • Emerson College
  • Harvard College
  • Harvard University — Law School
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Frostburg State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Guilford College
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Minot State University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Princeton University
  • Cuny Hunter College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Suny at Binghamton
  • Denison University
  • Ohio State University
  • Wittenberg University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • The University of Texas-Pan American
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington State University
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Bethany College
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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