The Office for Civil Rights said it had opened four new cases, one each at: Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, its first in this era of enforcement; Duke University, its third; Cornell University, its fourth; and Princeton University, its fifth. One investigation at Duke was resolved in 2013, and three at Princeton have also been resolved (two in 2012, one in 2014). All other investigations are active.
The University of South Florida fired the director of its communications school, Samuel Bradley, for hiding an investigation into inappropriate sexual relationships with students in his previous job at Texas Tech University. Meanwhile, a faculty member in USF’s English department, Marc Santos, was found to have violated a policy regarding sexual relationships with students (but had already been hired by the University of Northern Colorado).
The Office for Civil Rights said it had resolved an investigation at Minot State University after finding that the university's policies were in violation of Title IX.
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville agreed to pay $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit over its handling of sexual-assault allegations. The university admitted to no wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The plaintiffs agreed to withdraw two complaints to the Office for Civil Rights over the university's handling of sexual violence, though that doesn't necessarily mean that the office's investigations would be resolved immediately.
The New York Times reported that the federal government had intervened in two students' lawsuits against Kansas State University, telling the university that it had to investigate reports of rape in off-campus fraternity houses. In court filings, the government said that the students' Title IX claims should be allowed to proceed.