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Case Name A.B. v. Rhinebeck Central School District ED-NY-0010
Docket / Court 03-CV-03241 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Education
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 9, 2003, four female former students and a former employee of Rhinebeck Central High School filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the High School and the former principal, alleging that the defendants had violated Title IX of the ... read more >
On May 9, 2003, four female former students and a former employee of Rhinebeck Central High School filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the High School and the former principal, alleging that the defendants had violated Title IX of the Education Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. In the complaint, the plaintiffs alleged that the former principal had subjected female students of the school to sexual harassment that constituted discrimination on the basis of sex. The plaintiffs further alleged that district officials received actual notice of the discrimination, but did not act to remedy the situation. The plaintiffs claimed that the the deliberate indifference prevented the female students from enjoying the educational benefits and opportunities offered by the school.

On March 18, 2004, Judge Stephen C. Robinson permitted the United States to file a complaint in intervention seeking relief to ensure that the School District would operate a school system that offered an educational environment free from discrimination.

The parties field a Consent Decree with the court on February 15, 2006, in which they agreed that the District would: refrain from engaging in any activity that discriminated against any student on the basis of student's sex in the administration of educational benefits and services, respond promptly and appropriately to allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, and refrain from retaliating against any student or employee because that student or employee participated in a complaint against the District alleging discrimination on the basis of sex.

The District also agreed to hire an expert in sexual harassment training and prevention and to designate two compliance officers that would be responsible for receiving and identifying complaints of discrimination. The District would keep a written record of all allegations of discrimination on the basis of sex, and the investigation undertaken by the District.

The parties agreed that the Consent Decree would be effective for three years, unless the parties chose to extend it. Additionally, the District agreed to furnish to the government six months after the date of the Consent Decree, and annually thereafter, a detailed report covering the District's compliance efforts for the preceding year. Finally, the District agreed to pay $152,500 as a settlement amount to the plaintiffs and their counsel.



Carlyn Williams - 03/31/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Rhinebeck Central School District
Plaintiff Description Former female students of Rhinebeck Central High School, their parents and/or legal guardians, and a former employee of the High School.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Links Dear Colleague Letter: Athletic Activities Counted for Title IX Compliance
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
Posted: Sep. 17, 2008
By: United States Department of Education—Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
7:03-CV-03241-SCR (S.D.N.Y.) 12/07/2009
ED-NY-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint in Intervention 03/18/2004
ED-NY-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Education Section
Consent Decree 02/15/2006
ED-NY-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Education Section
Judges Robinson, Stephen C. (S.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0010-0002 | ED-NY-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bantle, Lee Frederick (New York)
ED-NY-0010-9000
Wendel, Heidi A. (New York)
ED-NY-0010-0001 | ED-NY-0010-0002 | ED-NY-0010-9000
Defendant's Lawyers McTague, Anne-Jo Pennock (New York)
ED-NY-0010-9000
Rushfield, Mark Craig (New York)
ED-NY-0010-0002 | ED-NY-0010-9000
Schultz, James R. (New York)
ED-NY-0010-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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