Sexual assault gained attention at Princeton in 2010, when Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor at New England Law and a victim advocate, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education asserting that the university's policies violated Title IX.
The complaint that Ms. Murphy filed was resolved almost four years later, when Princeton entered into a resolution agreement with the Education Department. The department's Office for Civil Rights said that the university had violated Title IX for failing to "promptly and equitably" respond to complaints of sexual violence, and for failing to end what the department called a "sexually hostile environment for one student."
Before the agreement was announced, the university adopted a "preponderance of the evidence" standard in sexual-violence investigations, a standard that the government has said that Title IX requires. That standard is lower than the one used in criminal cases, and is lower than one Princeton had previously used, which required "clear and persuasive" evidence that an assault had occurred.
This eight-page document bundle includes notification letters to both the complainant and the university alerting both to the launch of an investigation. Documents also include a redacted data request.
This eight-page document bundle includes two letters from the Department of Education to the university and the complainant, alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.
The Office for Civil Rights resolved this investigation by administrative closure. The office said in its closure letter that the complainant had notified it that he would be filing a federal lawsuit against the university. The lawsuit contained the same allegations as the complaint, so OCR closed the investigation, as it does when complaints overlap with litigation.
This letter is to notify you of the determination made by the U.S. Department of Education (Department), New York Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the above-referenced consolidated complaint filed against Princeton University (University).
Princeton University (the University) assures the United States Department of Education, New York Office for Civil Rights (OCR), that it will take the actions detailed below pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U...
This 6-page document bundle includes letters from the Education Department to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened.
This investigation was resolved in November 2014. The department's Office for Civil Rights said that the university had violated Title IX for failing to "promptly and equitably" respond to complaints of sexual violence, and for failing to end what the department called a "sexually hostile environment for one student."
The department credited the university with correcting deficiencies that OCR had identified in the course of the investigation, and Princeton agreed to take additional steps to improve its handling of sexual-violence allegations.
Princeton University violated the gender equity law Title IX in its handling of sexual assault cases by favoring the rights of accused students over those of their reported victims, the Education Department says.
The University is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education?s Office for Civil Rights for various alleged Title IX violations regarding sexual assault reporting, New England School of Law professor Wendy Murphy said in an e...