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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Glenville State College ED-WV-0003
Docket / Court 03-11-2033 ( No Court )
State/Territory West Virginia
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
In 2011, an undergraduate student at Glenville State University in West Virginia filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Philadelphia Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The complainant alleged that the University failed to respond promptly and equitably to her report of sexual assault, ... read more >
In 2011, an undergraduate student at Glenville State University in West Virginia filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Philadelphia Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The complainant alleged that the University failed to respond promptly and equitably to her report of sexual assault, forced her to withdraw from school, and failed to notify her of its Title IX grievance procedures. On February 2, 2011, OCR announced that it was opening an investigation into the allegations.

On January 12, 2012, before OCR concluded its investigation, the University entered into a voluntary resolution agreement with OCR. Without admitting liability, University officials promised to change a number of the school's Title IX policies and practices. In exchange for the University's compliance with the terms of the agreement, OCR agreed to close the investigation. Specifically, Glenville State University agreed to:
  • Investigate the complainant’s sexual assault allegations and provide her with a written summary of findings and any corrective actions taken;

  • Remedy the effects of the sexual assault on the complainant, including reimbursement of related medical and academic expenses and an invitation to the complainant to reenroll, if and only if the University found the complainants allegations substantiated;

  • Revise its Title IX grievance procedures to address complaints of sex discrimination and submit the proposed policy to OCR for approval;

  • Revise its notice of nondiscrimination to include a statement that the policy extends to employment and admissions and include the contact information of the Title IX Coordinator;

  • Designate a Title IX Coordinator, delineate the responsibilities, and publish the individual’s contact information;

  • Conduct training for the Title IX Coordinator and individuals involved in Title IX compliance;

  • Conduct training for all University staff on preventing, recognizing, and responding to sexual misconduct;

  • Develop a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement;

  • Create a campus focus group made up of students, faculty, and staff designed to provide input to the University on effective Title IX policies;

  • Designate an individual from the University’s counseling center to be “on call” at all times to assist victims of sexual violence;

  • Review campus police records from the prior two school years to ensure that the school took appropriate action and did not treat complaints of sexual misconduct as solely criminal matters;

  • Conduct an annual climate check to ensure a campus free from sexual harassment; and

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


The parties agreed that OCR would oversee compliance with the agreement through at least June 30, 2014. As of this writing, there was no further activity on the docket and the case is presumed closed.

Hope Brinn - 01/03/2019


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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
Training
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
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) Glenville State University
Plaintiff Description The complainant was an undergraduate student at Glenville State University in Glenville, West Virginia. She alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow undergraduate while she was a student at the school.
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 2012 - 2014
Filing Year 2011
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Glenville State College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[Notification letter for Glenville State College]
ED-WV-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/02/2011
[Notification letter and data request for Glenville State College]
ED-WV-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/02/2011
Voluntary Resolution Agreement
ED-WV-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/2012
[Closure letter for Glenville State College]
ED-WV-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/2012
[Closure letter for Glenville State College]
ED-WV-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/17/2012
[OCR status update]
ED-WV-0003-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/30/2012
[OCR status update]
ED-WV-0003-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/09/2012
[OCR status update]
ED-WV-0003-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/24/2012
[OCR status update]
ED-WV-0003-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2014
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Plaintiff's Lawyers O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
ED-WV-0003-0004 | ED-WV-0003-0005

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