Reed College Title IX complaint

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights of the United States of America.
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From: Joseph Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all Title IX complaints filed against Reed College in Portland, Oregon, between January 1 2013 and September 13 2013.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Joseph Trotter

From: ED FOIA Manager



FOIA Tracking Number: 13-02281-F

Name of Requester: Joseph Trotter

E-mail Address:

Date of Request: September 13, 2013

Date Request Received: September 16, 2013

Your request (below) has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Department to search for responsive documents. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401–8365 or by e-mail at (please include the case tracking number).

Thank you.

From: Oliver, Shirley

Joseph Trotter
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 6724
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), FOIA No. 13-02281-F
Reed College (Oregon)

This is to acknowledge receipt of the FOIA request made in your email received on September 13, 2013, in the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. Department of Education. Your request has been forwarded to the Seattle office of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for response. You requested "copies of all Title IX complaints filed against Reed College in Portland, Oregon, between January 1, 2013, and September 13, 2013." Your request is being processed under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Please be aware that release of documents may be more restricted when matters are open for evaluation, investigation, resolution or monitoring (see 5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(7)(A) and 34 CFR Part 5, Appendix A). Generally, our office has 20 working days from receipt of the request in our office to respond in some manner to FOIA requests. We will make an effort to respond to your request quickly. For your information, under FOIA, OCR provides the first 100 pages of hard copies free of charge with the remaining pages provided at a copying cost of 10 cents per page. Electronic documents, if voluminous, are provided by compact disc at a charge of $3.00 per disc. The Department's implementing regulations provide one hour each of administrative review time and clerical time without charge. Should we require more time, we will notify you if the estimated costs exceed $25 before we continue to process your request. Generally, our office provides documents in electronic format unless otherwise specified by the requestor.

If you have questions, please feel free to call or email.

From: Oliver, Shirley

Joseph Trotter
MuckRock News
Boston, Massachusetts

Re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), FOIA No. 13-02281-F

From: J.K. Trotter


Several media outlets have indicated that a Title IX complaint was recently filed against Reed College:

Can you clarify why the proper office cannot locate this complaint?

From: Oliver, Shirley

Mr. Trotter,
Please read more carefully.
Excerpt from Chronicle link above with emphasis added.

Reed College is investigating a complaint alleging that a long-running fall tradition, which this year and in previous years involved some naked students, created a hostile learning environment for victims of sexual assault, The Oregonian reported.

The complaint was filed with the college by an unidentified member of its community, and alleges a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal gender-equity law that prohibits sex discrimination at institutions receiving federal funds.

This excerpt indicates that a complaint was filed with the college.

Please feel free to call if you have additional confusion.