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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Humboldt State University ED-CA-0005
Docket / Court 09-17-2481 ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Education
Special Collection Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions
Case Summary
In the spring of 2017, a student at Humboldt State University filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, San Francisco Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She alleged that the university discriminated against her on the basis of her sex because administrators did not respond to her ... read more >
In the spring of 2017, a student at Humboldt State University filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, San Francisco Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She alleged that the university discriminated against her on the basis of her sex because administrators did not respond to her complaint of sexual assault promptly or equitably. The university took over seven months to investigate her complaint, failed to offer her interim measures until five months after she made a complaint, failed to provide her with notice of the outcome of the investigation until a month after it was complete, and refused to effectively enforce the no contact order the school put in place to prevent harassment.

After several months of investigation, OCR announced on November 2, 2017 that it identified a number of areas in which Humboldt State failed to comply with Title IX. Although OCR concluded that the university’s provision of notice of the outcome of the investigation and interim measures were sufficiently prompt, it found that the university’s failure to enforce the no contact order and its delayed investigation were not sufficiently prompt and thus violated Title IX.

To resolve these concerns, OCR and Humboldt State entered into a resolution agreement where it agreed to make a number of changes to its policies and practices including:
  • Developing protocols to ensure effective communication between parties involved in Title IX proceedings;

  • Providing training to all staff involved in Title IX policies and the new protocols; and

  • Submitting to ongoing monitoring by OCR to ensure compliance with the agreement.

    Because there has been no further activity on the docket, the case is presumed closed.

    Hope Brinn - 01/09/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Humboldt State University
Plaintiff Description Complainant is an attorney representing a student who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a peer while attending Humboldt State University.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Filing Year 2017
Case Closing Year 2017
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Humboldt State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 2, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Office of Civil Rights, Title IX
Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Date: Dec. 23, 2018
By: Department of Education, Office of Student Rights
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:07-cv-04299-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/21/2007
4:07-cv-04299-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0005-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/16/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Resolution Agreement
ED-CA-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/26/2017
[Findings Letter for Humboldt State University]
ED-CA-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/02/2017
Plaintiff's Lawyers Affeldt, John T. (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Cook, David B (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Kini, Tara Elizabeth (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Pearlman, Jenny (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Pelchat, Zachary (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0005-0002
Perroton, Nicole Elise (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Simes, Jeffrey A (New York)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Stone, Elizabeth Frances (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Thompson, Patrick S (California)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Hyde, Michael Quenten (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001
Verrilli, Donald B. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0005-9000 | ED-CA-0005-9001

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