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Resolution entered, settling Title IX investigation from May

Julia Pagliarulo

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Marquette entered a voluntary resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights on June 4 after a former female student filed a complaint with the OCR alleging she was harassed by a former male student, University Spokesman Brian Dorrington said. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s OCR states resolution agreements must include several aspects to be valid. They need to detail a course of action that will remedy the discrimination in the specific case when implemented. A resolution agreement can be reached at any time before the conclusion of an investigation if the investigated party expresses interest in the resolution and OCR determines a resolution is appropriate.

“The majority of these steps involve reviewing existing policies, training programs and awareness efforts that already are a significant point of emphasis on our campus and documenting these existing efforts to OCR,” Dorrington said in an email.

Marquette also distributed 2,200 posters across campus over the past couple weeks. They detail procedures and options related to sexual harassment, discrimination and misconduct. They reinforce Marquette’s intolerance of those incidents occurring on or off campus, and encourages students and employees to report all occurrences to Marquette Police Department or a Title IX coordinator.

Additionally, the posters provide a list of resources to assault victims.

Dorrington said, when necessary, the university will make revisions to ensure a safe campus environment. These measures include an email to every student who has a link to the university’s harassment policies and an outline of what they should do if they think they or others were subjected to sexual harassment.

Any revisions involve documentation to OCR that existing face-to-face training with students contains information on sexual harassment and that an existing campus-wide working group on sexual misconduct prevention includes review and feedback on Marquette’s sexual harassment policies.

“Marquette University has been working extensively to educate our students about the risks and harm that acts of harassment can have on campus,” Dorrington said. “Campus safety is our number one priority and we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the well-being of our Marquette community.”

The Huffington Post released a list of schools under Title IX reviews at the end of May that they received through a Freedom of Information Act request. Marquette was one of 31 schools under investigation for sexual harassment for possible mishandling of a sexual harassment case that did not include sexual assault.

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