After hundreds of lawsuits by male students alleging unfair treatment by colleges and universities, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has launched investigations into some cases.
At least 24 investigations are underway at academic institutions across the nation, according to the non-profit SAVE, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
The cases are in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
The cases are based on Title IX, the federal law designed to prevent sex-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding.
OCR regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, District of Columbia, New York and San Francisco are supervising the probes.
The most common complaint is denial of benefits.
One investigations targets the University of Michigan, which sponsors 11 scholarships, support groups and medical treatment programs that exclude male students.
The cases argue that’s a direct violation of Title IX sex-discrimination mandates.
A smaller number of complaints center on due process infractions.
Two weeks ago, OCR opened an investigation against Northwestern University for failing to provide due process protections for two men accused of sexual misconduct.
One student accused the university of engaging in the sex-biased practice of “believe the victim.”
The OCR already has closed investigations that found in favor of male students at Wesley College, the University of Delaware and Tulane University.
In August 2018, OCR opened an investigation of Tulane’s six scholarships reserved for women.
Four months later, Tulane entered into a resolution agreement with the OCR, agreeing to ensure that financial assistance is fairly distributed to both male and female students.
A recent analysis of scholarships at 115 of the nation’s largest universities revealed widespread discriminatory policies.
Among 1,161 sex-specific scholarships, 91.6 percent were reserved for female students, with only 8.4 percent designated for male students.
SAVE provides instructions for filing a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.