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Case Name Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of University of Mississippi ED-MS-0005
Docket / Court 06-10-2069 ( No Court )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint against the university on March 8, 2010. The complaint alleged that the University of Mississippi discriminated against a student based on her sex, and then retaliated against her in violation of Title IX ... read more >
The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint against the university on March 8, 2010. The complaint alleged that the University of Mississippi discriminated against a student based on her sex, and then retaliated against her in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the student claimed that the university failed to investigate or respond to her allegation that she was sexually assaulted, and retaliated against her for notifying the university of the alleged sexual assault.

Based on the complaint, OCR opened an investigation to determine whether the university discriminated against the complainant on the basis of sex by failing to respond in a prompt and effective manner to notification that she was sexually harassed and whether the university intimidated or retaliated against the complainant when she notified university officials of the alleged sexual harassment. OCR's letter of findings is not currently available.

The university entered into a voluntary Resolution Agreement on December 19, 2011. The Resolution Agreement contained twelve action items, some of which were specific to the complainant, and others which were more general. The university was required to review and revise its complaint policies and procedures as required by Title IX, notify all students of the revised policies, ensure that the university's Title IX coordinator was apprised of all student complaints of sexual harassment, and conduct a mandatory workshop for all relevant personnel. The university was also required to notify all of its employees of its sexual assault policy, specifically the prohibition against charging alleged victims of sexual assault with violations of the code of conduct such as the alcohol policy. The university agreed to take prompt measures to address complaints from 2009-2012 that were not handled appropriately.

The university was required to reimburse the complainant for the cost of tuition, fees, housing, books, and food that she incurred during the Spring 2010 semester. The university also was required to update its training and orientation programs for current and future students, and to conduct a climate check to assess the effectiveness of steps taken pursuant to the agreement. In implementing the Agreement, the university agreed to report its progress regularly to OCR, and to ongoing monitoring by OCR until the terms of the Agreement had been fulfilled.

Elizabeth Heise - 12/11/2018


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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
Monitoring
Reporting
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) University of Mississippi
Plaintiff Description A female student at the University of Mississippi who alleged sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title IX.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2011 - n/a
Filing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Mississippi
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 28, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[Notification letter for University of Mississippi]
ED-MS-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2010
[Notification letter and data request for University of Mississippi]
ED-MS-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/02/2010
Resolution Agreement
ED-MS-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/19/2011

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