CUNY Violated Title IX

Problem

The US Education Department's investigation found that the City University of New York failed to respond promptly to a student's complaint of sexual harassment.

The Office for Civil Rights has announced an agreement with CUNY after finding that Hunter College violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by failing to promptly and equitably respond to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Hunter College is the largest college within the CUNY system.

"By entering into this agreement, CUNY and Hunter College demonstrates a strong commitment to addressing and preventing sexual harassment and violence among students, staff and the CUNY community at large," said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. "We look forward to working with CUNY and Hunter College to implement this agreement, including through ensuring a university-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety."

OCR's investigation was triggered by a student complaint of sexual harassment by a professor. That student also alleged that the college retaliated against her.

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/cuny-hunter-college-reach-agreemen...