Poll: Americans want more federal oversight of on-campus sex assault

Three Maryland schools under investigation

It's something parents have to worry about after dropping their college students off at the dorm -- sex assaults on campus.

Researchers estimate 1 in 5 women will be the victim of a campus assault.

Now a new survey shows most people want the federal government more involved in how schools handle those cases.

In a poll conducted by YouGov and The Huffington Post , 72 percent of people said the U.S. Department of Education should take an active role in investigating how individual schools deal with campus sex assaults.

Americans were not as supportive when it comes to passing new federal laws on the topic of campus assaults. About 40 percent said new laws are needed.

The Department of Education has taken steps to be more proactive when it comes to campus assaults.

Starting in May, the department took the unprecedented step of naming schools that are under investigation for their handling of sex assault cases.

Three schools in Maryland: Frostburg, Morgan State and Johns Hopkins have since landed on that list. 


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