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55 colleges face U.S. federal sex assault probe

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Fifty-five colleges and universities — big and small, public and private — are being investigated over their handling of sexual abuse complaints, the Education Department revealed Thursday.

The department’s release of the list is unprecedented and comes as the Obama administration seeks to shed greater light on the issue of sexual assault in higher education and how it is being handled.

About half of all states had schools under investigation. In Washington State, only one school was listed — Washington…

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