|Tracking #||17-02278-F, 17-02442-F|
|Submitted||July 25, 2017|
|Due||Aug. 30, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
A list of all open investigations (as of the date this request was received) into higher education institutions for violating Title IX protections in their handling of sexual assault cases. Please include college/university name, status of investigation, date investigation was opened, and reason why the investigation was opened.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at
202-401-8365 or EDFOIAManager@ed.gov
re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), FOIA No. 17-02278-F
Title IX - open sexual violence cases against colleges and universities as of July 25, 2017
This is to acknowledge receipt of your FOIA request of July 25, 2017, which was received in the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S Department of Education (Department) on the same day. You requested "a list of all open investigations (as of the date this request was received) into higher education institutions for violating Title IX protections in their handling of sexual assault cases. Please include college/university name, status of investigation, date investigation was opened, and reason why the investigation was opened" (copy attached). Your request is being processed under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552).
We need to speak with you to clarify your request. We will not be able to proceed without clarifying your request. Please call to discuss at your earliest availability. Your request is on hold pending clarification.
Please be aware that release of documents may be more restricted when matters are open for evaluation, investigation, resolution, appeal or monitoring (see 5 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(7)(A)). Also, note that because of exemptions to disclosure under FOIA, all documents responsive to your request will be redacted to remove the names of all individuals and other personally identifiable information. See (b)(6) and (b)(7)(C) of 5 U.S.C. § 552. Generally, our office has 20 working days from receipt of the request in our office to respond in some manner to FOIA requests. We will make an effort to respond to your request quickly. For your information, under FOIA, OCR provides the first 100 pages of hard copies free of charge with the remaining pages provided at a copying cost of 20 cents per page. Electronic documents, if voluminous, are provided by compact disc at a charge of $3.00 per disc. The Department's implementing regulations provide the first two hours of search time without charge. Should we require more time, we will notify you if the estimated costs exceed $25 before we continue to process your request. Generally, our office provides documents in electronic format unless otherwise specified by the requestor.
Again, I need to speak with you before OCR can begin processing your request.
Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist & FOIA Coordinator
Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office
U.S. Department of Education
915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, Washington 98174-1099
Relay: 1.800.833.6384 or 711
Region X: Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Washington
Thank you for the prompt response and clarification of your request. Your request will be processed by the Department’s Washington, D.C. office.