Sexual Misconduct & Other Campus Violence; Title IX; Students; Sexual Misconduct & Other Campus Violence; Sexual Misconduct & Other Campus Violence; Discrimination, Accommodation, & Diversity
Jane Doe v. University of North Texas Board of Regents (E.D. Tex. June 2, 2017)
Memorandum Opinion and Order denying Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment. A female student at the University of North Texas (UNT) reported that she was sexually assaulted by a former adjunct professor and current employee at the UNT library. Though the University reassigned the employee and forbid him from entering certain areas of campus, Plaintiff stopped attending classes regularly and confined herself to her apartment out of fear of running into the employee. Plaintiff further claimed that she was not informed of the remedial actions the University had taken and that its investigation exceeded the 45-day threshold imposed by University policy. She ultimately filed a Title IX suit against UNT and its President. Construing Plaintiff’s complaint as asserting deliberate indifference to sexual harassment, the court concluded that genuine issues of fact existed as to the University’s response to Plaintiff’s report and allowed the case to proceed.