Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosGOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout More insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? Betsy DeVos not running for Michigan governor MORE to continue publishing the list of schools under investigation for possible Title IX violations related to sexual harassment and violence.
In a letter obtained by The Hill, lawmakers asked DeVos and the acting assistant secretary for civil rights, Candice Jackson, for transparency by maintaining the practice of publishing the lists of schools under investigation.
“Ending sexual violence on our college campuses will never become a reality if college and university communities are kept in the dark,” the letter said.
“By continuing to publish the list of college and universities under investigation for potential violations of Title IX, OCR will show its commitment to survivors and its intent to hold schools accountable for their actions,” the letter continued, referring to the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
The New York Times earlier this month said the Education Department is still working to determine whether or not it will maintain the practice of publishing the list.
Jackson, meanwhile, recently came under scrutiny for comments she made about sexual assault on college campuses during an interview with the newspaper.
"The accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk, we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last [time] sleeping together was not quite right,’ ” she said in the interview.
Jackson later apologized for the remarks, calling them “flippant.”
Dated July 26 and signed by members of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, the letter argued that the list allows communities to obtain complete information while also maintaining accountability in regards to sexual violence.
“Students and parents use the list to find the information they need to make informed decisions about the safety of the colleges and universities they plan to attend,” the letter said. “The list has also helped campus communications understand and address the scope of the problem at their own schools.”
Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), the four co-chairmen and chairwomen of the task force, all signed onto the letter.
The letter also comes one week after 20 attorneys general asked DeVos to keep intact protections for sexual assault survivors on college campuses.