Voluntary Resolution Agreement

To resolve the above complaint under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Hawaii (University) system enter into the following agreement. This agreement replaces the agreement entered into by the University on February 9, 2018. This Agreement is entered into voluntarily and does not constitute an admission of liability, non-compliance or misconduct on the part of the University. The University understands and acknowledges that ocr may initiate administrative enforcement or judicial proceedings to enforce the specific terms and obligations of this Agreement. Before undertaking the administrative execution (34 C.F.R. ยง 100.9, 100.10) or legal proceedings for the application of the Agreement, OCR will inform the University in writing of the alleged infringement and sixty (sixty) calendar days to remedy the alleged infringement. On the instructions of the VRA, Gower will convene a National Title IX Task Force to address best practices regarding complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as systemic models or concerns that arise when resolving such complaints. There are many components of the VRA that must be completed before May 1 and/or must be launched immediately to be submitted to OCR later in the year.

Here`s a brief overview of some of the key initiatives that will affect our universities in the coming months. In February 2017, the University of Alaska entered into a voluntary resolution agreement with the United States Department for the Education Office of Civil Rights. This agreement is the result of the OCR`s review of how the university deals with sexual assault and sexual harassment that affect students and staff at the AU campus. This agreement outlines a wide range of compliance issues, including 23 cases that illustrate system-wide issues ranging from very serious errors to documentation issues, and outlines specific steps we will take to improve campus safety and climate throughout the University of Alaska system. The University understands that by signing the Agreement, it undertakes to provide data and other information in a timely manner, in accordance with the reporting obligation of this Agreement. In addition, the university understands that during the OCR`s follow-up of this agreement, the OCR may, if necessary, visit the university, interview staff and students, and request additional reports or data necessary for the OCR to determine whether the university has fulfilled the conditions of this agreement. . . .