UTPA among list of colleges under investigation by U.S. Department of Education
POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 5:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:46am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The University of Texas Pan American is on the list of 55 colleges across the country that are currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for the way they handled complaints of sexual violence.
Federal investigators are trying to determine if these schools illegally handled sexual violence and harrassment complaints.
Southern Methodist University is the only other Texas university on the list.
The investigations center around Title IX, which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities. Details about the investigations are not disclosed on the list.
UTPA released a statement regarding the investigation:
"The University of Texas-Pan American received a complaint notice from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights on April 29, 2014 alleging that the University discriminated against a student on the basis of sex by failing to promptly and equitably respond to her complaint that she was sexually assaulted.
The University of Texas-Pan American takes its responsibilities under Title IX seriously and condemns sexual violence, harassment and misconduct by or against any member of our University community. We endeavor to treat all claimants with respect and dignity, and achieve a result that is fair and just to all parties involved in a timely manner. Since the issuance of the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter in April of 2011, UTPA has reviewed—and continues to review—its processes, procedures and personnel with this goal in mind.
Federal law prohibits the University from discussing the content of any student records. The University is not in a position to comment further on this pending investigation.
The University will cooperate fully with the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights on this matter."