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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Massachusetts Maritime Academy ED-MA-0008
Docket / Court 01-13-2008 ( No Court )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Education
Special Collection Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions
Case Summary
In the fall of 2012, the father of young woman filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Boston Office for Civil Rights (OCR). He alleged that Massachusetts Maritime Academy violated Title IX by failing to respond promptly and equitably to his daughter’s sexual assault. Specifically, ... read more >
In the fall of 2012, the father of young woman filed a complaint with the US Department of Education, Boston Office for Civil Rights (OCR). He alleged that Massachusetts Maritime Academy violated Title IX by failing to respond promptly and equitably to his daughter’s sexual assault. Specifically, the complainant asserted that the school stopped investigating the sexual assault entirely once the local police became involved in responding to the incident. On November 30, 2012, OCR announced that it was opening an investigation.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy officials disagreed with OCR that the agency had jurisdiction to investigate, given that the alleged victim of the sexual assault was not a student at the school. Nevertheless, on April 10, 2013 the Academy entered into a voluntary resolution agreement prior to the conclusion of the investigation. Although the Academy agreed to make a variety of changes to its Title IX policies and practices, the agreement did not constitute an admission of liability for any Title IX violations.

As a part of the resolution agreement, the Academy agreed to make the following changes:
  • Better publicize the roles and responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator;

  • Revise the Title IX grievance procedures and submit them to OCR for approval;

  • Provide training to the Title IX Coordinator and all those involved in sexual misconduct investigations regarding the institution’s new policies and practices;

  • Provide training to all staff about the new Title IX policies;

  • Provide training to all freshmen students on the Academy’s sexual misconduct policies and resources;

  • Create a pamphlet and webpage explaining the school’s grievance procedures and resources available to victims of sexual misconduct;

  • Hold ongoing educational forums on sexual assault awareness and prevention, such as Take Back the Night; and

  • Meet with the complainant and his daughter to discuss the Academy’s response and the impact it had on the young woman.

The parties agreed that Massachusetts Maritime Academy would submit all documentation demonstrating compliance with the agreement by no later than December 30, 2013. Because there has been no further activity on the docket, the case is presumed closed.

Hope Brinn - 01/10/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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) Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Plaintiff Description The complainant was the father of a young woman who had been sexually assaulted while visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
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 2013 - 2013
Filing Year 2013
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Nov. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education (Chronicle)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[Notification letter for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy]
ED-MA-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/30/2012
[Notification letters and data request for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy]
ED-MA-0008-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/30/2012
Voluntary Resolution Agreement
ED-MA-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2013
[Massachusetts Maritime Academy Letter of Findings]
ED-MA-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2013
[Massachusetts Maritime Academy Letter of Findings]
ED-MA-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/10/2013
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Hibino, Thomas J. (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
ED-MA-0008-0002 | ED-MA-0008-0003

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