Cedarville University Facing Title IX Investigation

July 26, 2013

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating a sexual assault complaint at Cedarville University, campus officials said in an unusually proactive acknowledgement. “As a Christ-centered university, Cedarville is committed to honoring the principles of the Bible that shape how we care for others,” President Thomas White said in a statement. The complaint -- one of many recently filed under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination -- alleges that the university lacked a Title IX coordinator and "prompt and equitable" procedures for resolving Title IX complaints on campus.

The statement said that Cedarville has been reviewing its sexual harassment policies since OCR’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, which stated colleges must have the provisions the university is alleged to have lacked.

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