Case: Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

05-12-2195 | No Court

Filed Date: May 31, 2012

Closed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

On May 31, 2012, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint filed on behalf of a university student alleging that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had discriminated on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that other students sexually harassed the student, and that the university was aware of the harassment but failed to respond promptly or appropriately,…

On May 31, 2012, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint filed on behalf of a university student alleging that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had discriminated on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that other students sexually harassed the student, and that the university was aware of the harassment but failed to respond promptly or appropriately, and the university failed to respond promptly or appropriately to a grievance the student filed alleging discrimination on the basis of sex. OCR determined that it had jurisdiction over the complaint, and that the complaint was filed timely.

In an interview with OCR, the complainant alleged ongoing discrimination, and that the university continued to delay its investigation. The complainant also stated that, at the time of the alleged sexual assault, the student was unaware that she had the ability to file a complaint. After she learned about the student disciplinary process, she pursued the matter with the university, but the university failed to hold a hearing, and none of the students involved in the assault or harassment were subject to discipline.

On May 16, 2013, the university entered into a Resolution Agreement as part of OCR's Early Complaint Resolution (ECR) process to resolve the issues raised in the complaint. The university agreed to provide Title IX training to relevant personnel, and to incorporate Title IX training, including training about the student disciplinary process, into its freshman orientation program. The university also agreed to revise its Student Disciplinary Procedures and Student Code, and the changes were approved by OCR. The university agreed to pay a settlement to the student. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed in the Resolution Agreement. The parties agreed that the Resolution Agreement resolved the OCR complaint, but that the complainant could file another complaint with OCR if the Agreement was breached.

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Elizabeth Heise (12/14/2018)

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Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 31, 2012

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A female student at the University of Illinois who alleged that the university failed to promptly and appropriately respond to her complaint of sexual assault and harassment by other students.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

University of Illinois (Champaign, Champaign), State

Defendant Type(s):

College/University

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2013 - 2013

Content of Injunction:

Training

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female