Department of Education Releases List of 55 Schools Under Title IX Investigation

By DJ Byrnes on May 1, 2014 at 1:12p
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Two days after a White House task force promised greater transparency in regards to how sexual assault is reported and handled on American campuses, the Department of Education released a list of 55 universities and colleges under investigation for their handling of sexual assault claims.

The Ohio State University made the list.

The full list, which can be found here, features schools ranging from Michigan, Michigan State and Florida State to Denison, Wittenberg and Harvard.

Title IX prohibits schools receiving federal funds from gender discrimination. Schools that violate this law risk losing said federal funds.

Gary Lewis, senior director of media and public relations at Ohio State, released the following statement to 97.1 The Fan's Lori Schmidt

Over the past several years, Ohio State has been partnering with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on a proactive review of the University's Title IX policies and procedures for combatting student sexual violence and harassment. Throughout that process, which is now winding down, OCR has consistently told us that Ohio State has impressive protocols and resources for combatting sexual harassment, that no major concerns or findings have been identified, and that our protocols could serve as a model for other schools around the country.

These proactive efforts are different from complaint-driven investigations included on the list, as Ohio State is not under investigation for any Title IX complaints about sexual harassment or assault. We have been grateful for our collaboration with the Department and we will vigorously continue work on our shared goal of ensuring a safe and healthy campus climate for our students and for all members of the University community. The Ohio State University unequivocally shares the Department of Education's interest in protecting our students from sexual harassment and assault and upholding the vitally important aims of Title IX.

Finally, if it will provide more clarity, please see Ohio State's Title IX policies and protocols, at our Title IX website at http://titleix.osu.edu.

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spqr2008's picture

So, who do we pay the indulgences to, and where's the secular bible to swear our undying fealty to the DOE upon?

AngryWoody's picture

I think you're over-reacting. We're at least ten years away from that.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I'm sure we were added to the list based on women's lacrosse (???) issue we had last year. I think I made that sport up, but I remember there being an issue.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

or was it Women's volleyball? i'm so far off on the sport...anyone remember that where they fired the coach?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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RedStorm45's picture

Cheerleading, right?

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Ethos's picture

Yeah it was cheerleading

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bedheadjc's picture

BB919,

I know you were just being funny about Women's Lacrosse but I had to mention a few things. I'm a father whose daughter decided she wanted to play Lacrosse out of the blue about three months ago. She's 12 and this is her first "real" sport. I have been blown away by my experience with the sport, its coaches, and players at every step so far. I think it's a wonderful mix of basketball, soccer, hockey, etc. Fast paced, not too much contact, tons of enthusiasm.

Being a Buckeye fan I have of course brought to her attention the Buckeye's Women's team. And we've picked the right time to get interested. The OSU Women's team is on the rise and just finished their regular season going 6-1 for their last seven games including wins against Michigan (first year of their program) in the Big House (seriously!), and wins over four higher ranked opponents. Since I've been following them they've gone from 16th nationally to 9th in one month. (BTW the NCAA rankings are not well respected, there's a Coaches Poll that most people refer to) In this last game they almost beat 7th ranked John's Hopkins (a traditional powerhouse with multiple national championships) in a game that was on ESPNU. They start out their conference tourney vs Michigan tonight ; I believe the game is going on right now. They'll be off to the NCAA tourney in three weeks. They're an up and coming team. Keep an eye out; it's wayyyyy more fun to watch then you'd think.

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BuckeyeCrew's picture

A few things...

1) I completely agree with your sentiment of Lacrosse.  It's an awesome sport, which I thought was extremely popular in Ohio (but moreso on in the east).  I graduated HS a loooong time ago, but even then Lacrosse was a big deal (in Columbus).  I didn't play the sport, but I watched our men's team quite often.

2) I'd put money on the idea that most of the guys here get winded after lifting their Taco-Hell/Wendy's/McFatty meals to their respective greasy mouths.  They likely have no concept of the work-ethic it takes to play any sport, much less one which demands great skill AND athleticism (e.g. Lacrosse)

3) Too many people are dismissive of women's sports, and for that matter, how athletic women can be.  In the vein of point#2, I'd be willing to bet that most of the guys on this site would be humiliated in an athletic competition with the average D1 women's Lacrosse player.

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FROMTHE18's picture

Sevon Pittman situation...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

So, all the smack talk about FSU and Michigan may hit the fan now...? I hope not.

Sarah Lawrence?!?!? Isn't that an ALL-GIRLS school? Wow!

It's like a list of really, really good academic institutions (with only 1 SEC school-Vandy)... isn't that weird?

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blocko330's picture

I also found that very weird - Dartmouth and Princeton haha

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Dartmouth has had lots of issues over the years. It was the inspiration for Animal House for a reason.

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DCNick's picture

Sarah Lawrence is co-ed now. A friend of mine served in Iraq and used the GI Bill there. I imagine that must have been a culture clash. They are probably on the list for not treating men as well as women. Title IX does go both ways on sex discrimination.

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Norwalk's picture

Girls have to make a complaint before an investigation will take place. What does that say about the ladies of the SEC?

Shangheyed's picture

Maybe more of fear than what it says about the women...

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AndyVance's picture

I realize Norwalk was using sarcasm font, but you bring up a really good point: look at how Jameis Winston's accuser has been treated by the local population (good lord, read the comments from FSU fans on some of the stories around the interwebz, and then weep for humanity), and it's not hard to see why victims of sexual assault keep quiet more often than not.

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Shangheyed's picture

Indeed just adding a little more reality to what he said, sarcastic font well received...

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

What a ridiculous witch hunt. In this case, our Title IX overloads = thousands of little Torquemadas. Don't fret, though. I'm sure that the university will pass along the added legal costs and future protection money expenses to students and taxpayers.    

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JDunc686's picture

tOSU spokesperson says that this is a voluntary inclusion in order to review Title IX policies and not an investigation.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Where'd you see this? I'm unable to find anything.

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JDunc686's picture

Lori Schmidt is tweeting the comment by the spokesman.  I am having trouble embedding the tweet.  I agree with you that the spokesman could be wrong/lying but the article does have a quote saying that just because a school is on the list does not mean that they have violated any Title IX policies.

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RBuck's picture

Well, at least is wasn't Mindy Drayer reporting on it. Lori's cool.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

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Unky Buck's picture

Mindy was just busy prepping her drawing...

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AngryWoody's picture

I hope this is the case because the ESPN story makes it sound really ominous (go figure).

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DJ Byrnes's picture

To be fair, hard to take a spokesperson at their word. Especially considering: Why would anyone voluntarily sign up to be on this "prestigious" list?

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AngryWoody's picture

Yeah, you're most likely right. I'm just trying to be positive. Besides, it's always easier to blame ESPN than to think my university could ever do something wrong.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

That's probably why scUM is on the list, it is obviously not because of the Gibbons situation.

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spqr2008's picture

AngryWoody

Why do one when you can assume both?  Both ESPN and OSU can be wrong at the same time, but for different reasons.  ESPN because they're evil, OSU, because they're mistaken.

OSUStu's picture

I wouldn't be surprised.  The list seems closer to a list of the top universities and colleges in the US than it does a list of schools having trouble with oversight of sexual assault claims.

Edit:  Everything I can find seems to indicate this is not voluntary.

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.

The above would seem to indicate that these investigations are not necessarily new, just the release of the names.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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cronimi's picture

Exactly. It's not a new investigation -- it's the DOE disclosing what investigations are currently ongoing. I have no idea what the subject of the investigation is, but (like others) I presume it is related to the recent cheerleading-coach 'scandal'. 

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OSUStu's picture

This is a very interesting list.  A number of the top institutions in the US are on it:  Harvard, Harvard Law, Princeton, University of Chicago, Amherst, Dartmouth, Emory, Vanderbilt, tOSU...etc.

I did notice that Vandy was the only SEC school on this list.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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jamesrbrown322's picture

That's what I was saying earlier - strange that so many good schools were on the list, not hardly any from SEC, Big 12. Maybe they're canvasing the country regionally?

M Man is going to have a field day if anything comes of it. lol

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

OSUStu's picture

Maybe if Michigan weren't on the list themselves.  

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Well his has been more of a political, quasi-legal rebuke of the interpretation and application of Title IX "by this administration."

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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OSUStu's picture

Admittedly, I have steered clear of the depths of that conversation.  I hope I didn't miss anything good.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

jamesrbrown322's picture

You didn't.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

M Man was trying to make the point that the DOE is overreaching by [improperly] using Title IX as it's justification.  He stated that this would eventually make it's way to OSU, because statistically speaking, it was only a matter of time.  It looks like he was right.

The only place where M Man erred, IMO, is that he believed the Gibbons situation was such an example of federal overreach and that the legal system acted appropriately in investigating Gibbons and not finding sufficient grounds to charge.  I agree that the actions of UM in expelling Gibbons was a consequence of Title IX overreach, however the legal system also failed in this regard.  

The issue is that the Obama administration is converting the DOE into a defacto legal system overseeing any institution that receives federal money (which is all of them).  It has no due process and is controlled by the Executive Branch and avoids any and all checks and balances that the Judicial Branch is subject to.  Yes, the legal system is often broken and makes the wrong decision a lot, particularly when power brokers and celebrities are involved.  However, the answer to this is absolutely NOT to give this power to a bureaucracy that is neither elected nor accountable to anyone.

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original buckeye's picture

Or you could look before you leap next time.  Both you and M Man were wrong. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

SORRY NOT TRYING TO RESTART THIS DEBATE!!!! I was just saying that he may find it interesting that it is happening at OSU.

My apologies to any and every one for dredging this back up!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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M Man's picture

Original Buckeye:  I posted this thread of course.  I regard it as a mark of ElevenWarriors' high quality and tolerance that they left it up, with every third response coming from me in something like a 21-way chess match.  This is an OSU blog (with good, sparing moderation), and I ought to respect that and let you guys discuss your own school and your own issues.

If you want to take me on over at that other thread and not turn everything else into an M Man wrestling match, it seems to me that might be the way to go.  I'm happy to hear smart and well informed people tell me if I'm getting anything wrong.  I don't think I am.

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DCNick's picture

There has been a lot of campus activism recently around sexual assault. That activism generally only occurs at good schools with liberal student bodies. I wonder if that plays some role in this. I know it occurred at Harvard and Michigan. I think I also heard about something at Denison.

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rdubs's picture

I definitely agree.  This list isn't a places that had rapes happen or even an inordinate amount of rape.  The issue is the response to those rapes by the universities.  Women who feel more empowered are much more likely to stand up for themselves and complain if they aren't treated with the respect they deserve.  Maybe I am generalizing too much, but I would argue that generally women who are considered "liberal feminazis" by some are probably more likely to attend these types of schools and are also probably more likely to speak out.  The complaints are what start these investigations.  OCR doesn't just start these investigations willy nilly, something has to prompt them and it is usually either significant press coverage or a formal complaint.

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RedStorm45's picture

Not Notre Dame?  Yeah, ok.

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Ethos's picture

They might not receive federal funds...

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Are there students at Notre Dame that receive Stafford Loans and Pell grants?  Yes?  Then they receive federal funds.

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FROMTHE18's picture

students but not the university surely?

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OSU_undergrad's picture

If Harvard and Dartmouth and other private schools are on the list, then surely Notre Dame could be too. Notre Dame definitely receives enough funding to be on the list if those other schools do (and I'm not even sure funding is the only criteria for being on this list).

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Loan and Grant money is paid to the school.  It is only paid to the student if a balance remains at the end of a term after all tuition, fees, and other charges have cleared.  At least, that's how both schools I attended operate.  

BucksFan2000's picture

That was my first thought too, but apparently the DOE did investigate them as well a few years ago.

chitown buckeye's picture

Quick on the draw 11w!! Thank you!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Yes, as I reminder, can we please avoid this -

- this is NOT the place to discuss political ideologies, or their faults.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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OSUStu's picture

Some people just can't help themselves.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Where's the Green, Libertarian & Communist Party BS tins? :(

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original buckeye's picture

Maybe the "OSU Under Federal Investigation" in giant letters on the front page is a bit premature until more facts are known.

Might I suggest "Office of Civil Rights declares OSU's protocols could serve as a model for other schools around the country."
 

DJ Byrnes's picture

Hardly. The original release is a list of schools "currently under investigation." Going to need more than a spokesperson to change that.

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Lori Schmidt's picture

For what it's worth, Ohio State didn't deny it was under investigation, only that it's a joint investigation and that the review did NOT stem from a complaint. So your headline is just fine.

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Earle's picture

Nice hat.

Italics are for emphasis.

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AngryWoody's picture

M Man and I have been pointing out what's been going on with the DOE over the course of the last few months. There have been many investigations (we don't know how many) done in secret and they have been going through old rape cases where no one was tried/convicted and trying to punish them for it. This story is a perfect example. It points out a case where a student was found innocent of assault and was later kicked out of school after the DOE threatened to have federal funds withheld if Auburn didn't investigate Title IX infractions to their liking (Basically, the DOE said "We want him gone and if you don't make him leave we will withhold federal funding for your school. Auburn of course went along). We saw the same exact thing happen in the Gibbons case at UM. The guy was never charged and then three years later the DOE snaps their fingers and the guy is booted out of school.

This should have you worried because what we have here are "investigators" who work in secret, who have no oversight, who can hand out punishment to people found innocent in a court of law, and who have the power to hit universities in the one place they don't want to get hit: The wallet.

PS: I don't want to be political at all. So I don't want this to turn into some "X politician is to blame" or "This is X party's fault" because it's not. If it seems like this is over the line in any way a mod can just delete this post.

 

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popeurban's picture

I believe congress  would have oversight of the DOE, no?

LouieG's picture

I believe you are missing the point of the investigation and of the DOE actions. The purpose is not to kick certain individuals off campus or to punish schools.  The purpose of the investigation is to motivate schools into setting up systems to appropriately handle sexual assault reports on campus in order to protect every student.  The Gibbons and Winston cases are both perfect examples of what the DOE is trying to prevent.  In both cases the university botched the investigation.  (to understand what I mean read this or this) And in the Winston case the police botched their investigation too.  That is the issue, the fact that school are not handling/investigating these reports correctly and by doing so they lack the ability to properly punish or exonerate the accused based on the facts collected (because no facts are collected in many cases)  

Many schools lack the resources, competence or desire/will to adequately handle these cases. Most administrators at universities are educators and academics that studied once subject and do not have training to handle these very serious and difficult situations.  What the DOE is trying to do is force schools to put the proper resources in place to handle and properly investigate these cases and to create a safe environment for all students.  

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AngryWoody's picture

I agree with a lot of what you're saying here Louie. The only thing I have a problem with is that we are supposed to have due process in these sort of things and there is absolutely none in the cases where the DOE has acted. I think we all want the same thing, we just disagree on how to get it. Trust me, I want every scum sucking rapist on earth to be punished, but we have to go about it the right way or else we're going to open up a whole can of worms.

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yrro's picture

There's been a big push within the DOE to lower the burden of proof on sexual harassment/assault allegations to "preponderance of the evidence." For some good discussion of what this means and its effects on the rights of college students versus the ability to punish assaulters, see this link to the Volokh Conspiracy http://www.volokh.com/2013/06/11/revisiting-the-preponderance-debate/

*Edit: Deleted my personal opinion on the issue.

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doodah_man's picture

Good news is that the investigation isn't in the hands of the NCAA...

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Colby3333's picture

This site is becoming absurd.  Why report on very political information but no one is to discuss politics?  Stupid!  

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Very, very little is inherently political in and of itself. The way 11W reported this was not from a political standpoint. It is up to individuals to decide whether or not to make things political. I have friends with whom I disagree on many issues, and yet we can still discuss things that happen, which touch on the issues, and do not argue about how stupid Obama is, or how it is all Bush's fault, lol. We just leave it alone.

If you disagree, got post about it on FoxNews, CNN, heck even ESPiN. I love that11W helps us focus on what we all have in common - our Scarlet and Gray - rather than our Red or Blue affiliations.

P.S. - O-H!

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Jason Priestas's picture

I don't know. There are a million things to discuss here without wading into the partisan cesspool that DC has become.

TheBadOwl's picture

What particularly about this story is political, to you? And why would an OSU-based website not report on a national-scale OSU story?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Dude, can we get SOME good news this off-season? I mean, seriously!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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AngryWoody's picture

The only good news is that there's only 121 days until football.

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cronimi's picture

Ugh, that's what counts for good news these days?! 121 days is a long time! Now, if you'd said "only 2 days until football", that would be good news. Heck, that would be GREAT news. But it would also be a lie, which would be very disappointing. 

jamesrbrown322's picture

Well, how about, we are one day closer to football season...?

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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cronimi's picture

I'll take it, JB!! 

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

I went to visit Espin for more info on this and was expecting to see an article titled "tOSU and 54 others under Federal investigation"...While they didn't do it in the article title subsequently tOSU was the first actual school to be named in the article. #WhatBias

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CincyOSU's picture

It's an AP article, not from an ESPN writer, so that kind of throws a wrench in your bias claim.

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prevetbuck's picture

While it is concerning to see our beloved university under any sort of investigation like this, I think that many schools in this country have been woefully remiss in their responses to sexual assault allegations. If the goal is to reduce sexual violence, one crucial step is to ensure that more cases are reported, which is hard to do when victims feel like no one will believe/help them. Sometimes there really isn't enough evidence to get a criminal conviction (which has a very high standard for obvious reasons), but that doesn't always mean that it didn't happen. If this investigation leads to reforms to help victims, I welcome it. 

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Kyle Rowland's picture

I see a lot of sports comments on here. You do realize this investigation has nothing to do with athletics, right?

Deadly Nuts's picture

Not surprising that tOSU is the first school listed in ESPN's article. I actually bet myself that if tOSU was not the first school listed I would run a mile.

The schools range from public universities including Ohio State, California and Arizona State to private schools including Knox College in Illinois, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Catholic University in the District of Columbia. Ivy League schools including Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth are also on the list.

LEBRON

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CincyOSU's picture

You do realize the article was written by the AP right? Maybe you should run a mile for jumping to conclusions. 

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original buckeye's picture

Are you the author or something?  You need to calm down and not write the same response to everyone who notices that OSU was named first. 

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AndyVance's picture

Chill out, OB - the man is right. Folks are jumping all over ESPN for perceived anti-OSU bias, when ESPN did not write the article. I'm all in favor of jumping up and down about ESPN's shenanigans, but let's get it right when we do it, so we don't look like a bunch of morons in the process.

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CincyOSU's picture

OB - I'm not the one who needs to calm down, I'm perfectly content, but perhaps if people actually read the article there wouldn't be a need to correct people for jumping to conclusions.

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original buckeye's picture

I do think you're the one that needs to calm down--you made your AP point the first time, but that wasn't enough--you had to jump back on the second poster and toss in a childish "run a mile" shot to top it off.

Look--I don't really care if OSU was named first or not, but if someone points that out, I don't see why you see it as your duty to defend ESPN. 

CincyOSU's picture

 toss in a childish "run a mile" shot to top it off.

1) Did you even read the post I was responding to? Please read it again and you will see where the remark about running a mile came from. I was making light of something HE said, not me.

2) My duty is not to ESPN, but to reading comprehension and making factual statements.

It's good to see that after taking a break from the site for awhile my reputation for "defending" ESPN is still intact. I was kind of worried people may have forgotten.

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original buckeye's picture

1) Of course I read that post.  The entire reason I called your response childish was due to your six-year-old playground response playing off what he said.

2) You made your point once.  I'm not sure why you felt the need to attack the second guy as well.  Whatever your reason, calling it "defending ESPN" seems appropriate under the circumstances. 

OSUStu's picture

It's just alphabetical order man.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

roamingbuckeye's picture

These proactive efforts are different from complaint-driven investigations included on the list, as Ohio State is not under investigation for any Title IX complaints about sexual harassment or assault.

This whole sentence is confusing and I'm trying to figure out exactly what they are saying.  I get that they are separating the protocols and resources currently in place from direct complaints about specific cases (I think?).  Then it seems to indicate that the list is based on complaint-driven investigations. Ok.

So these schools listed are ones where someone made a complaint and, as a result, DOE is investigating that complaint. But then "Ohio State is not under investigation for any Title IX complaints about sexual harassment..." So are they under investigation for a complaint about sexual harassment/assault that does not fall under Title IX? Or are they under investigation for a Title IX complaint that is not related to sexual harassment? (which could be any number of things involving availability of equal opportunity) Or am I missing it completely?

 

 

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