Indiana University responds to Department of Education claims of Title IX investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has issued the following response to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights' inclusion of the IU Bloomington campus on a list of institutions under “investigation” for possible violations of federal law regarding handling of sexual violence complaints:
"The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in March initiated a routine compliance review of Indiana University Bloomington’s handling of reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault.
"This type of compliance review is distinct and separate from investigations that arise from complaints to OCR, and the office has confirmed that it has received no complaints against IU Bloomington that would have triggered an investigation.
"As OCR explained to campus officials, it is in the process of conducting compliance reviews on numerous campuses throughout the country, and individual institutions have been chosen based on size, geographic location, type of campus community (commuter vs. residential) and other factors, not necessarily associated with a Title IX complaint or other evidence of problems with the university’s practices regarding the handling of sexual assault cases.
"The stated goal of the review is to help institutions determine areas for improvement under Title IX, and the university welcomes the opportunity to share its practices and receive input that will help the Bloomington campus strengthen its work in this vitally important area."