Case: Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of University of Kansas

07-12-2007 | No Court

Filed Date: Oct. 14, 2011

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Case Summary

On October 14, 2011, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint alleging that the University of Kansas had discriminated against the complainant on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the university failed to take prompt and appropriate investigative and remedial action in response to a report that complainant, a female student at the university, was sexually as…

On October 14, 2011, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint alleging that the University of Kansas had discriminated against the complainant on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the university failed to take prompt and appropriate investigative and remedial action in response to a report that complainant, a female student at the university, was sexually assaulted on the university's campus by a university employee.

The university entered into a voluntary Resolution Agreement on May 29, 2012, before OCR closed its investigation. As part of the Agreement, the university was required to revise its policies and procedures to ensure that students are not subject to a hostile environment on the basis of sex, to ensure that all incidents of sexual harassment of which the university has notice were promptly investigated and appropriate disciplinary actions were taken, and to provide all faculty and staff with Title IX training annually. The university also agreed to conduct a climate check to gauge the issue of sexual harassment on campus, and to provide programming to students to ensure that students were aware of the university's prohibition against sex discrimination. The university was also required to provide the individual complainant with a letter detailing its commitment to resolving her complaint, and to affirm its general commitment to a campus climate free from harassment. The university also agreed to report relevant data to OCR, and to ongoing monitoring until the terms of the Resolution Agreement were fulfilled.

Summary Authors

Elizabeth Heise (12/14/2018)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

07-12-2007

Resolution Agreement

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

Settlement Agreement

07-12-2007

[Notification letter to complainant]

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Notice Letter

07-12-2007

[Notification letter to university]

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

Notice Letter

07-15-2238

[Notification letter for the University of Kansas]

July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015

Notice Letter

07-15-2238

[Notification letter and data request for the University of Kansas]

July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018

Notice Letter

Resources

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Kansas

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 14, 2011

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A female student at the University of Kansas who alleged that the university failed to promptly investigate after she was sexually assaulted on campus by a university employee.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

University of Kansas (Lawrence, Douglas), 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

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2012 - None

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Monitoring

Reporting

Training

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by staff

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female