The Chronicle, which released the database over the weekend, says the tracking tool was created in order to help “shed light” on the lengthy process institutions are subjected to once a federal investigation begins.
The publication reports that the number of institutions under investigation has tripled in less than two years. The Chronicle explained the scope of the database:
It includes all investigations in this wave of enforcement: those either open now or resolved since April 4, 2011, when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter exhorting colleges to resolve students’ reports of sexual assault — and to protect them throughout the process.
By entering the name of the institution, you can see the resolution status of a claim and learn more about each investigation. Read more about why The Chronicle created this tool and perform your own search on their website.