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Record Web Traffic After Education Dept. Posts Colleges Facing Sexual Assault Investigations

Record Web Traffic After Education Dept. Posts Colleges Facing Sexual Assault Investigations

May 6, 2014 — The Department of Education had its highest-ever number of visits to its website and Twitter and Facebook pages after it released a list of 55 colleges and universities that are under investigation for their handling of sexual violence claims, a spokesperson said, Politico reports.

The list, released on Thursday, received more pageviews than all of the department's other web pages combined, according to the spokesperson. ED.gov crashed for several hours after the list was published, but the department did not say whether the high volume of traffic was responsible for the issue (Grasgreen, Politico, 5/2).

The release of the list coincides with other efforts by the federal government to increase pressure on colleges to stop sexual assaults on their campuses. By making the information public for the first time, the agency aimed to boost dialogue about sexual assault and push schools to bolster efforts to stop the crimes (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/2).