NYC School System Agrees to Major Policy Changes in Settlement of Student Sexual Assault and Rape Allegations

In what some are calling a landmark settlement, the New York City school system agreed to a series of changes to its student-directed sexual assault policies after four special education students, including two who were allegedly violated in or near their schools, the Department of Education sued demanding change.

The students’ federal lawsuit focused on what they said in an 85-page complaint was the school system’s ‘widespread and systemic failure to take appropriate and legally mandated action’ generally, and in their own cases. , after students across the city reported sexual assaults. The systemic failure to take appropriate action, according to the complaint, includes alleged failures to investigate or properly investigate claims, notify parents, provide interim security measures, assist with transfers of students to “safety” or provide educational support or accommodations, under federal disability laws. , for traumatized students.



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Jeremy S. McLain