Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.

About 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not having conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past five years, including 6 percent of the nation’s largest public institutions.

The Education Department and a White House task force on campus sexual assault have taken a series of steps to draw attention to the treatment of sexual assault victims and force campuses to address the problem.

Among the findings of the survey:

• More than 20 percent of respondents provide no sexual assault training for all faculty and staff.

• More than 30 percent of schools do not provide sexual assault training for students.

• About half of the participating colleges and universities do not provide a hotline for sexual assault victims.

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• About 16 percent of respondents conduct “climate surveys” to gauge the number of such cases that are going unreported.

• About 10 percent said they don’t have a Title IX coordinator.

The findings come from a survey of 440 four-year colleges and universities of different sizes with 236 colleges and universities responding. Participating schools weren’t named.