Thursday, May 1, 2014

University of Idaho Under Investigation For Title IX Violations

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Update May 1, 5 p.m.

The University of Idaho reports that its Title IX violations investigation stems from an April 2013 complaint that the university had mishandled a March 2013 complaint of sexual harassment, having failed to adequately respond to the complaint with a "prompt and effective grievance procedure."

"The UI takes all complaints of assault very seriously and remains intolerant of sexual harassment, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct," said Dean of Students Bruce Pitman in a press release.

According to the press release, the university is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, including providing requested information.

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The University of Idaho is one of 55 institutions of higher education nationwide with open investigations into Title IX violations, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal money. This is the first report released by the department that lists all higher education institutions under investigation. 

"We are making this list available in an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights. We hope this increased transparency will spur community dialogue about this important issue. I also want to make it clear that a college or university's appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law," wrote Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon in the release.

The DOE hasn't released further specifics about the investigations beyond when individual investigations began.

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