Five Pennsylvania colleges — including Temple University in Philadelphia — are under investigation by the federal government for their handling of sexual assault allegations on campus. Penn State University, which is still dealing with fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, is also on the list.
Pennsylvania had the most colleges under investigation of any state, according to a list released Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Department of Education:
From huge state universities to small colleges and the Ivy League, 55 schools across the U.S. are facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students.
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education revealed Thursday its list of colleges under investigation — though no details of the complaints — as the Obama administration sought to bring more openness to the issue of sexual violence on and around the nation’s campuses.
The government emphasized the list was about investigations of complaints, not judgments. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said there was “absolutely zero presumption” of guilt.
Pennsylvania had five schools listed. California, Colorado and New York each had four.
Swarthmore of course is at the center of this month’s Philly Mag story about how the college handles sex assault cases.