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.
The Office for Civil Rights said it has opened six new cases: one each at American University, Columbia University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, which all have active investigations already, and one each at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Syracuse University, and the University of Utah, which are newly under review.
Case documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act have been added for Rider University.
Case documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act have been added for the University at Buffalo.
The Office for Civil Rights said it has resolved an investigation at Occidental College.