Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education

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Determined the right to sue schools for peer-to-peer sexual harassment under Title IX.

Full Case Title: 

Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999)
  • Equal Educational Opportunities


  • Joined Amicus Brief


The Supreme Court recognizes that a school may be held liable under Title IX for one student’s sexual harassment of another, but only when the school is "deliberately indifferent" to "severe, pervasive and objectively offensive" harassment. This case follows Doe v. Petaluma, 54 F.3d 1447 (9th Cir. 1995), the first-ever ruling that a school can be sued for sex discrimination when it fails to address one student’s serious harassment of another.