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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Minot State University ED-ND-0001
Docket / Court 05-14-2061 ( No Court )
State/Territory North Dakota
Case Type(s) Education
Special Collection Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions
Case Summary
On December 18, 2014, a student at Minot State University filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Chicago Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She alleged that school officials failed to respond promptly and equitably to her report of sexual assault by a faculty member in violation of ... read more >
On December 18, 2014, a student at Minot State University filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Chicago Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She alleged that school officials failed to respond promptly and equitably to her report of sexual assault by a faculty member in violation of Title IX. On February 26, 2014, OCR announced that it would open an investigation.

On July 7, 2016, OCR concluded the investigation and identified a number of substantial compliance issues. First, the University had no designated Title IX Coordinator whatsoever. Second, the school’s policies and procedures and its notice of nondiscrimination violated Title IX. For instance, the University had a number of contradictory procedures to address sexual misconduct, some of which failed to mention Title IX. Third, the University failed to respond adequately to the complainant’s report of sexual assault. For instance, the University did not respond to the complainant’s emailed allegations until she followed up several weeks later and then never offered her interim measures.

In order to resolve these alleged violations, Minot State University and OCR entered into a resolution agreement where the university agreed to make a number of changes to its policies and practices. However, University officials noted that entering the agreement did not amount to an admission of any Title IX violation.The University agreed to the following changes:
  • Retain an Equity Consultant, subject to OCR’s approval, with expertise in Title IX;

  • Issue a statement prohibiting sexual harassment and articulating the University’s role in responding to allegations of any harassment;

  • Revise all codes of conduct to comply with Title IX;

  • Develop a procedure, with approval from OCR, for documenting each incident of sex discrimination;

  • Enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local police;

  • Provide annual training to faculty and staff charged with implementing Title IX;

  • Provide mandatory to training to all faculty and staff on sexual misconduct prevention and response;

  • Conduct an assessment to determine whether the University has sufficient staff to address Title IX complaints in a timely manner;

  • Provide training to all freshmen and transfer students on the University’s role in preventing and responding to sexual violence;

  • Create a committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff to develop strategies for ensuring that all students are aware of their rights under Title IX;

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

  • Develop a monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of the University’s overall Title IX efforts;

  • Review all complaints of sex discrimination from 2011 to 2015 and determine whether the University’s response was appropriate;

  • Maintain data related to sexual harassment;

  • Acknowledge to the complainant that the University failed to complete its investigation into her allegations and promise to complete the investigation pursuant to its new Title IX policies;
  • and
  • Provide counseling and other appropriate remedies to the complainant.

OCR agreed to oversee compliance with the agreement through at least June 30, 2019.

Hope Brinn - 01/11/2019

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Required disclosure
Sex discrimination
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Type of Facility
Causes of Action Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Minot State University
Plaintiff Description The complainant was a student attending Minot State University who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her professor.
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
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 2016 - 2019
Filed 12/18/2014
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Minot State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
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General Documents
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Subject: FW: OCR Electronic Complaint Submission
ED-ND-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
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[Notification letter for Minot State University]
ED-ND-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
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[Notification letter and data request for Minot State University]
ED-ND-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
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Resolution Agreement
ED-ND-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
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[Minot State University Letter of Findings]
ED-ND-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Rapport, Adele (Michigan) show/hide docs

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