Settlement With Minot State on Sex Assault Case

July 8, 2016

Minot State University has agreed to a series of policy changes, with reporting requirements, to resolve a finding by the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights that the university violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. While numerous procedural problems were identified, the most prominent finding, as summarized by the department's press release, was this: "OCR found that the university failed to process a complaint brought by a former student (Student A) who reported that during her time at the school, she had been sexually assaulted for over two years by one of her professors. Despite the serious nature of the complaint, OCR determined that Minot State did not take any steps to address the effects of the hostile environment to which the student reported she had been subjected."

UPDATE: Minot State officials said Friday morning that the professor about whom Student A filed a complaint has not been employed by the university since August 2013.


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