U.S. Department of Education makes them responsible for Penn State for failing students to protect sexual misconduct, requiring major repairs Procedure Title IX After reviewing compliance March 26, 2020 Contact: Press Office , (202) 401-1576, .gov press @ ed
  • WASHINGTON - secretary Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is requiring major changes in the Pennsylvania State University after finding that the school failed to protect students and address their complaints of sexual abuse at the root of the scandal Jerry Sandusky. The previous administration failed to resolve the investigation, which opened in early 2014.

    "As I said before, 'justice delayed is justice denied', and has long been denied students Penn State justice, "said secretary of DeVos. "I am committed to clearing the backlog of cases we inherited from the previous administration, and we are doing just that. I hope that the resolution of this research Title IX and the changes that are requesting help will to continue to provide healing to the community Penn State. "

    with the conclusion of this investigation, OCR is holding responsible for Penn State for its failure to have systems in place that students protect, even when misconduct sexual involves staff athletic. The University must now provide for the individual resources for survivors whose complaints OCR determined that Penn State failed to handle promptly and fairly, review their practices recordkeeping to ensure documentation adequate complaints of sexual harassment, and report OCR in handling all complaints Title IX of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

    OCR reviewed the policies and procedures of the University for resolving allegations of sexual harassment effective during the 2011-12 2019-20 through academic years. OCR focused its review on eight campuses :. The campus of the University Park and Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Berks, Harrisburg, Hazelton, Schuylkill, and Worthington Commonwealth campus and conducted file reviews complaints of sexual harassment

    OCR found that University violated Title IX of different ways through several years:

  • during the academic year 2016-2017 for student complaints and the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 academic years for complaints reported by first time to the Athletic Department, Pennsylvania State University failed to appropriately respond to complaints of sexual harassment.
  • during the 2016-17 academic year, the University could not keep the necessary records for OCR to determine whether the University complies with Title IX. During the 2017-2018 through the 2019-2020 academic year, the University continued without applying proper record-keeping practices.
  • During the 2019-20 academic year, the policies and procedures of Title IX of the University failed to sufficiently inform students and employees of procedures; to ensure fair and adequate investigation of complaints; provide procedures for complaints of discrimination based on sex carried out by employees and third parties; to provide designated and reasonably fast deadlines for the main stages of the complaint process; and to notify the parties of the results of investigations of complaints.

    In addition to these violations, OCR also found that from 2017-2019 Pennsylvania State University had imposed provisional suspensions before providing the accused an opportunity to respond to the allegations. From 2017-2019, the University also structured in a way that audiences may have excluded relevant information.

    As a result of the identified severe shortcomings by researching OCR, OCR and Penn State have signed a settlement agreement that requires Penn State to take the following actions:

  • will provide for the individual resources as appropriate for cases where it has not processed promptly and equitably complaints of sexual harassment
  • Report to the OCR processing. complaints of sexual harassment to the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.
  • Review and revise its policies Title IX to ensure they provide adequate complaints of sexual harassment answer.
  • Review your record-keeping practices to ensure that it is properly and accurately document all complaints of sexual harassment and the response of the University of such complaints.
  • Provide relevant training Title IX Additional staff of the University, including Athl etics staff.
  • notify participants in its programs for youth and their parents and guardians that Title IX prohibits sexual harassment of young participants.

    "Given all accounts the attention that Penn State has faced in the wake of the scandal of Jerry Sandusky, it is disappointing that so many serious problems that have remained in the university system," said Deputy Secretary of Rights Kenneth L. Marcus civilians. "As the OCR has demonstrated, schools are responsible for the way they respond to complaints of sexual harassment. We are delighted that Penn State has agreed, in a spirit of cooperation to solve the problems we have identified. OCR closely monitor the university to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Settlement Agreement. "

    Under the direction of the DeVos Secretary, OCR has moved aggressively to investigate schools without students protect themselves from sexual misconduct and put them into compliance with civil rights. The Department has required most notably radical reforms to protect students at Michigan State University, Chicago Public Schools and the University of Southern California.

    Over the past three years, OCR has it closed a total of 172 cases of sexual violence with change, an increase of 375% over the previous eight years in the annual number of cases of sexual violence closed the change.

    Looking Charter in the case Pennsylvania State University is available here. The Settlement Agreement is available here.

    OCR recognizes that many educational institutions are now focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of students and staff in response to COVID-19, while still performing its educational mission. OCR is committed to the University regarding the appropriate short-term compliance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement in these circumstances flexibility.

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