UW-Madison is now the second university in the state to be included in a growing probe of possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
The investigation now targets 101 schools, including UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater. The initial investigation was launched last May and included 55 schools, Whitewater among them.
Madison, the flagship campus in the University of Wisconsin System, was added to the list last week. It joins such prestigious schools as Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Five other Big Ten universities — Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State — are being investigated.
UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said the university has been notified of the situation and is working with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which is in charge of the ongoing investigation.