Sexual Harassment Policies: How Should Your College Respond to Allegations of Sexual Assault?

Posted on July 12, 2011 by

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The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights announced that it has reached a settlement with the University of Notre Dame about its handling of sexual-harassment cases.

Robb Jones, senior vice president and general counsel for claims management at United Educators Insurance, a major insurer of colleges, says the department’s investigation of Notre Dame is a significant first sign of how the letter will be applied: “cookbook style,” he says, without much flexibility in evaluating colleges’ policies.

In the voluntary settlement, the university agreed to better publicize how students can file complaints of sexual harassment, and the “preponderance of evidence” standard it uses to evaluate those allegations.

Do you have policies in place on you campus?  How do you handle delicate situations?

You can find more details in this interesting article.

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