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USC Under Federal Investigation for Title IX Violation

USC is among a list of 55 colleges and unviersities being investigated.

USC is among a list of 55 U.S. colleges being investigated by the Department of Education for Title IX violations regarding sexual assault.

The list was released Thursday by the recommendation of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Title IX is a law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and other programs funded by the government. Under the law, sexual harrassment and violence are considered discrimination.

The Department of Education released a statement saying, "We are making this list available in an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster public awareness of civil rights."

Among the schools on the list are UC Berkeley, Harvard University and Occidental College.

The charges come after students complained that USC was covering up sexual assault cases in order to keep crime statistics low. 

USC said it would not be commenting on the issue.

Here is the full list of schools under investigation:

State Institution
AZ Arizona State University
CA Butte-Glen Community College District
CA Occidental College
CA University of California-Berkeley
CA University of Southern California
CO Regis University
CO University of Colorado at Boulder
CO University of Colorado at Denver
CO University of Denver
CT University of Connecticut
DC Catholic University of America
FL Florida State University
GA Emory University
HI University of Hawaii at Manoa
ID University of Idaho
IL Knox College
IL University of Chicago
IN Indiana University-Bloomington
IN Vincennes University
MA Amherst College
MA Boston University
MA Emerson College
MA Harvard College
MA Harvard University—Law School
MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MD Frostburg State University
MI Michigan State University
MI University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
NC Guilford College
NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ND Minot State University
NH Dartmouth College
NJ Princeton University
NY Cuny Hunter College
NY Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NY Sarah Lawrence College
NY Suny at Binghamton
OH Denison University
OH Ohio State University
OH Wittenberg University
OK Oklahoma State University
PA Carnegie Mellon University
PA Franklin and Marshall College
PA Pennsylvania State University
PA Swarthmore College
PA Temple University
TN Vanderbilt University
TX Southern Methodist University
TX The University of Texas-Pan American
VA College of William and Mary
VA University of Virginia
WA Washington State University
WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
WV Bethany College
WV West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
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