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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of George Washington University ED-DC-0009
Docket / Court 11-11-2079 ( No Court )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Education
Special Collection Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions
Case Summary
On March 4, 2011, an undergraduate student at George Washington University filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, District of Columbia Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In her complaint, she alleged that the University discriminated against her on the basis of sex when it failed to ... read more >
On March 4, 2011, an undergraduate student at George Washington University filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, District of Columbia Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In her complaint, she alleged that the University discriminated against her on the basis of sex when it failed to respond in an equitable manner to her complaint that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow undergraduate student. On August 31, 2011, OCR announced that it would investigate the University regarding these allegations.

On August 31, 2011, before the conclusion of OCR’s investigations, University officials entered into a voluntary resolution agreement where it agreed to make a number of changes to its Title IX policies and practices. However, despite agreeing to make these changes, the University did not admit to any violations of federal law. As a part of the agreement, the University promised to:
  • Revise its sexual misconduct policy and submit it to OCR for approval before implementation;

  • Revise its notice of nondiscrimination to include the contact information for the Title IX Coordinator;

  • Review the responsibilities of the individual designated to coordinate the University’s efforts to comply with Title IX and ensure that the Title IX Coordinator has appropriate oversight;

  • Develop and submit training procedures for University employees which OCR is required to approve before implementation;

  • Incorporate sexual violence prevention and response training into all freshman orientation programming;

  • Establish a student committee designed to recommend policies, practices, and programming to prevent sex discrimination and harassment;

  • Conduct an annual climate check to assess the effectiveness of steps taken pursuant to the agreement; and

  • Submit all reports of sexual violence and the University response to OCR annually for review.

The parties agreed that OCR would monitor compliance with this agreement through the conclusion of the 2013-2014 academic year. As of 2018, there has been no further docket activity and the case is thus presumed closed.

Hope Brinn - 01/02/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) George Washington University
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was an undergraduate student at George Washington University who alleged she had been sexually assaulted by a classmate.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2011 - 2014
Filing Year 2011
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: George Washington University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Nov. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[George Washington University Letter of Findings]
ED-DC-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2011
Voluntary Resolution Agreement
ED-DC-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2011
Notification/Partial Dismissal Letter
ED-DC-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/08/2017
Notification/Data Request Letter
ED-DC-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/08/2017

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