Today in History: May 24, 1999

Schools Can Be Liable For Sexual Harassment

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a mother may recover monetary damages for a local school’s failure to take action to stop a student from sexually harassing her fifth-grade daughter. In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, the court holds that damages may be recovered under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 when the school knows about the harassment and is deliberately indifferent to it. The harassment must be “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victims of access to educational opportunities.”