A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows colleges and universities in many states are not doing enough to prevent sexual assault on campus.
It also calls for schools to implement more proactive approaches to addressing the problem.
The report from Title IX Coordinator Amy Spivey found colleges and university administrators in 26 states have inadequate policies for investigating and punishing sexual assault allegations.
They are also missing out on critical training that could help them identify and prevent sexual violence on campus, she said.
The report says colleges are not adequately protecting students and students are not getting the training they need.
Spivey is calling on colleges and the federal government to set up a Title IX office and fund it to address the problem, including providing more funding for victim assistance programs and providing more training for campus safety officials.
The Title IX Office is a federally funded office that investigates sexual harassment, discrimination and other types of gender-based violence on college campuses.
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, is currently the lead agency on the office.
Spiveys report also called for more training to prevent campus sexual assault.
The federal government has been providing funding for Title IX for nearly a decade, but funding has been limited because of budget cuts.
The Office of Civil Rights, which includes the U, has also struggled to meet its goals, with funding going down every year, according to the report.
It has no funding to address sexual violence in the military, the report said.
Sporey said Title IX has also not been adequately funded to respond to sexual assault claims.
That has led to the underreporting of sexual violence.
Sporys report found colleges have limited training and resources for responding to sexual violence, and many institutions lack information on sexual assault prevention and response, she told ABC News.
Title IX is also not being funded adequately.
Spare Title IX money could help colleges address the issue, Spiveer said.
She also said colleges should adopt policies and training to help students identify and report sexual violence and that they should provide information to students about sexual assault as well.
She said the lack of training and tools that could reduce sexual violence is “really a problem.”
“I think that we’re a long way from the time when we were a place where every student was empowered to report a sexual assault,” Spive.
“We’re not there yet.”