ST. LOUIS • The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights opened three investigations at Missouri colleges this week exploring incidents of alleged sexual violence, including two cases at Washington University.
The third investigation was opened at Baptist Bible College, a ministry school in Springfield.
A spokesperson for Washington University said in a statement Wednesday it had received a notice from the department on Wednesday alerting leaders to the investigations.
"We will be responsive and work to resolve these cases as quickly as possible," the statement said. "Because of the nature of the investigations, we cannot provide any further detail."
This more than doubles the total number of Title IX sexual violence cases open in Missouri.
In May 2014, the department opened an investigation into the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and opened one at William Jewell College in Liberty in September 2015.
Missouri S&T is the only public university under investigation in Missouri. The details of that case are still unclear, more than three years after it was opened.
The Chronicle of Higher Education files weekly requests with the federal government seeking all public documents related to open investigations nationwide. The college-focused publication runs a public database where users can monitor changes to all cases.