Friday, September 20, 2013

Occidental College Settles With Sexual Assault Complainants

Occidental College will reportedly pay an undisclosed sum to settle with students and faculty who have complained to the Department of Education that the College failed to properly handle their complaints of sexual assault.  The complaint against Occidental was one of several filed last spring as part of a coordinated student campaign to promote enforcement of Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act. 

The settlement is confidential, so not much is known about its terms, other than that those bound by the settlement have agreed to not speak publicly about it.  I suspect that what the College has really paid for is the promise by the parties not to file a lawsuit for damages against the school. Public enforcement unaffected by a settlement between parties, so it was unsurprising to read that the Department of Education's investigation remains ongoing.