University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Occidental College "
Date Dec 29, 2018
Author Chronicle of Higher Education
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Abstract Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a group of students, faculty members, and alumni filed a federal complaint in April 2013 that accused the college of mishandling sexual-assault cases. The college later reached a monetary settlement with some of the current and former students who were involved in the filing of that complaint. Several months later, the Education Department identified Occidental on an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases. In December 2013, the Los Angeles Times published an article stating that the college had failed to disclose 27 alleged assaults that were said to have occurred in 2012. But the Times later corrected the story, saying that the allegations in question did not fall under the requirements of the campus-safety law known as the Clery Act. The Times also said that the reporter on the story had had an 'inappropriate relationship' with a source for the reporter's coverage of sexual assault at Occidental. Students and others on the campus have repeatedly protested the college's handling of alleged assaults. A former student who was accused of sexual assault has filed two lawsuits against the college after being found responsible for sexual misconduct and expelled. One lawsuit accused the college of trampling his due-process rights, and the other accused the college of gender bias. In October 2014, the Times published a story about an outside audit that outlined dozens of steps the college had taken to improve its handling of alleged assault. But some individuals on the campus were deeply critical of the report on that audit, saying that it had failed to account for the perspectives of assault survivors. A 'stark polarization' that existed on campus threatened to derail the college's progress on sexual assault, the report stated.
The institution has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and says it has taken many steps to improve its policies and its climate. Summaries of those steps can be found in the president's numerous letters to the campus, and details on the college's policies can be found in its online resources page. The Education Department is also investigating Occidental's compliance with the crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act."
Source Chronicle of Higher Education

This Resource Relates To
case Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Occidental College (ED-CA-0030)

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