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How to investigate a university (the right way)

Don’t let Rolling Stone’s botched story of sexual assault at UVA spook you: 2015 should be a standout year for investigations of universities and colleges.

With the White House creating a task force to look into sexual assaults on college campuses and the Department of Education announcing a string of Title IX investigations, there will be more than enough material for reporters to dig into properly. Throw in incidents of hazing and academic misconduct, and it’s no wonder so many compelling news stories came to light this year.

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house  at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

While the logistics of higher ed investigations don’t vary greatly from investigations of other institutions, reporters may be surprised when institutions so dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and truth act surreptitiously or attempt to obstruct the flow of information.

Universities “may give lip service to the First Amendment and openness and transparency, but when you try to see how they act in real life when they’re being confronted with serious questions, that attitude changes,” New York Times investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich said. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1s8LGqr

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