Title IX

Tracking Sexual Assault Cases on College Campuses

Avery Thomas Sept. 16, 2018

Title IX is an American civil rights law that was passed as part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. It states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

While Title IX does not specifically mention rape or sexual assault, it is now interpreted to mean that a university must investigate and resolve student reports of any type of sexual misconduct as victims were considered subjects of discrimination under Title IX. An investigation by the college or university remains separate from any criminal investigations.

Both types of investigations are dependent on the victim reporting the crime, which requires a university and police force to cultivate a safe environment for victims. On April 4, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights published a letter about sexual violence urging schools to protect students who report acts of sexual misconduct and to resolve their reports. This is the date that the dataset from The Chronicle of Higher Education begins.

Cases Nationwide

Below you can see the amount of cases by state in three different categories: total cases, active cases and resolved cases. Gray states have no cases that apply to the active filter, and the brighter the color, the more cases the state has. Click on each state to see a full list of cases.

Cases By State

Total Active Resolved

About This Story

Story by Avery Thomas. Data from The Chronicle of Higher Educations's Title IX API, tracking sexual assault allegations on college campuses since April 4, 2011. Graphics generated using D3.js.

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