- A bill reintroduced in Congress last week would hold institutions more accountable for addressing allegations of sexual abuse carried out by employees.
- Under the , colleges that receive federal funding would need to certify to the U.S. Department of annually that top leaders reviewed all employee-related sexual abuse investigations reported to the Title IX coordinator.
- The bill comes as several face the consequences of ignoring years of complaints about sexual abuse by employees.
The ALERTofficials to confirm that the school’s president or a person of equal status, and at least one other member of its board, have reviewed all sexual abuse investigations reported to the Title IX coordinator that involves an employee. According to a release announcing the bill, school to certify that the individuals scanning the probes had not “interfered with or inappropriately influenced” an active investigation. It is being by a bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers, with additional support from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill. The bill was previously introduced in Congress in and . Scrutiny of of sexual abuse complaints has not let up since the last time lawmakers considered the proposal.
Louisiana State University is under fire for how officials handledby former head football coach Les Miles with female student workers. F. King Alexander resigned from his role at the helm of Oregon State University in response to , which he and other school officials . The Education Department also examines handled a wide swath of sexual misconduct complaints on campus over several years. Meanwhile, the University of Southern California agreed to as of March to settle complaints of sexual abuse by former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. Although university officials received complaints about Tyndall starting in the 1990s, he remained employed until mid-2017, .
USC’s massive settlement dwarfs the $500 million Michiganagreed to pay to survivors of sexual abuse by former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar. As with USC, officials at Michigan State were aware of abuses by Nassar for years . The Education Department has since and required changes in how it oversees Title IX investigations. Lawmakers and sexual abuse by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky when they first proposed the legislation in 2018.