Office of Civil Rights opens second investigation into possible Title IX violation
Observer Staff Report | Monday, April 3, 2017
The United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating the University for possible Title IX violations pertaining to two cases, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The more recent case was opened by the OCR on Dec. 23 and, according to the letter the OCR addressed to University President Fr. John Jenkins, “the complaint alleges that beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, the University subjected a female undergraduate (Student A) to discrimination based on sex. The complaint raises whether the University fails to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice, including Student A’s report of [redacted], thereby creating for students a sexually hostile environment.”
University spokesperson Dennis Brown confirmed Notre Dame is under investigation and the University has complied with all requests for information from the OCR.
“We have provided all of the information requested by the OCR and therefore there are no OCR investigation requests currently pending with the University.” Brown said in an email. “These matters, and the information we have provided in accord with the OCR’s investigations into the individual complaints, are now being reviewed by the OCR.”
Documents have not been made available for the less recent of the two cases, which was opened by the OCR on Feb. 19, 2016.