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Case Name United States v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University EE-IL-0260
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-04037-JPG-DGW ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On February 8, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees for Southern Illinois University (SIU) under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The Department of Justice asked the court for ... read more >
On February 8, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Board of Trustees for Southern Illinois University (SIU) under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating against non-specified minorities on the basis of race and white males on the basis of race and gender.

The plaintiffs alleged that the Proactive Recruitment of Multicultural Professionals for Tomorrow ("PROMPT"), the Bridge to the Doctorate ("BRIDGE"), and the Graduate Dean's fellowship programs were each only open to members of "underrepresented minority groups"--namely, Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders as well as women. These discriminatory practices, they argued, amounted to employment discrimination against persons not members of those groups, on the basis of race, national origin, and/or sex.

The day after the lawsuit was filed, Judge J. Phil Gilbert approved and entered a consent decree whereby SIU agreed to hire, employ, compensate, provide terms, conditions and privileges of employment to, persons for any paid fellowship position without discriminating on the basis of race, national origin or sex. In addition, the SIU Board agreed to provide mandatory training to all academic recruiters and employees in recruiting activities regarding Title VII’s prohibitions against discrimination within 6 months. There were also additional records and reporting requirements in the consent decree. The consent decree was scheduled to dissolve at the end of two years from February 9, 2006.

On December 2, 2008, Judge Gilbert terminated this case pursuant to the consent decree. The case is now closed.

Jane Wu - 10/16/2007
Sichun Liu - 03/16/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Hire
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Illinois
Plaintiff Description United States of America on behalf of Southern Illinois University students who are neither female nor from traditionally underrepresented groups
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2008
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
4:06-cv-04037-JPG-DGW (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0260-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/02/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1-1]
EE-IL-0260-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/08/2006
Consent Decree [ECF# 7]
EE-IL-0260-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Gilbert, John Phil (S.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Wilkerson, Donald G. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gadzichowski, John M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Hammond, Kristofor J (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Jones, Laura J (Illinois) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
McNally, Edward E. (Illinois) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0002
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0001 | EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brittingham, Mark A (Illinois) show/hide docs
EE-IL-0260-0002 | EE-IL-0260-9000

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