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November 05, 2014
U.S. Department of Education Determines Princeton University Failed to Properly Respond to Sexual Assault Complaints, New Policies Implemented

"The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into a resolution agreement with Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as it applies to sexual harassment and violence. The action follows an OCR investigation which found Princeton to be in violation of Title IX," states a news release from the U.S. Department of Education.

"'I applaud Princeton University for its commitment to ensuring a community-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety for its students, staff, and community,' said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. 'We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with Princeton to implement this agreement.'"

"OCR’s investigation determined Princeton to be in violation of Title IX for failing to promptly and equitably respond to complaints of sexual violence, including sexual assault, and also failing to end the sexually hostile environment for one student. In addition, the policies and procedures used by the university to investigate and respond to assaults and violence did not comply with Title IX."

"However, OCR concluded that the university did comply with Title IX by designating and providing notice of its Title IX coordinator and by providing and publicizing compliant notices of nondiscrimination. OCR’s probe was based on complaints filed on behalf of university students."

"This fall, Princeton implemented new consolidated policies and procedures that correct many of the deficiencies identified in OCR’s investigation."

"Importantly, the university will use the correct 'preponderance of the evidence' standard to investigate sexual assault and violence allegations. The new policies also make clear that both parties will be provided appeal rights, cases will be handled in prompt timeframes (generally 45 days), and state Princeton’s commitment to provide appropriate interim measures to preserve a complainant’s educational experience, promote safety for all, and deter retaliation."


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