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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Pitzer College ED-CA-0031
Docket / Court 09-12-2151 ( district not recorded )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On March 19, 2012, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint alleging that the defendant had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Pitzer College failed to adequately respond to an internal ... read more >
On March 19, 2012, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint alleging that the defendant had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Pitzer College failed to adequately respond to an internal complaint that a male student had sexually assaulted the complainant. The complaint also alleged that the college did not adequately respond when the student complained of retaliation by other students who ostracized her after she filed her initial complaint of sexual assault. After determining that it had jurisdiction and the complaint was timely filed, OCR opened the allegations for investigation on March 29, 2012.

The college communicated its desire to resolve the complaint to OCR on September 28, 2012, and entered into a voluntary resolution agreement on March 28, 2013, prior to the conclusion of OCR's investigation. The college agreed to revise its sexual harassment policy and procedures, including adding to the section about retaliation. The college also agreed to revise its Code of Student Conduct Procedures, and provide annual training to relevant staff, including residence hall advisors. The agreement provided for ongoing monitoring by OCR until it determined the college to be in full compliance with Title IX.

On February 4, 2014, OCR determined Pitzer College fulfilled the terms of the agreement and ended its monitoring.

Elizabeth Heise - 03/10/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Monitoring
Training
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
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. ยงยง 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Pitzer College
Plaintiff Description a former student at Pitzer College who had filed internal complaints of sexual assault and retaliation
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2012 - 2014
Filing Year 2012
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Pitzer College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
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