PULLMAN, Wash. – The U.S. Education Department says Washington State University is among 55 colleges facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.
Washington State officials say the department’s Office of Civil Rights notified WSU in January 2013 about a complaint alleging the university failed to adequately respond to sexual harassment reports.
Those included incidents of sexual assault.
Details of the complaint were not available.
WSU officials say they contacted the civil rights office after receiving the complaint and asked to participate in the agency’s “voluntary resolution” process, meaning the university would work with the agency to make improvements in policies and practices.
The school says since that time, WSU has been cooperating with the office to provide information.