Boulder Valley School District agrees to settle Title IX lawsuit with ex-students


Two former students at Fairview High School have agreed to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against the Boulder Valley School District, according to court records.

The two former students sued the school district in 2021 and alleged that Fairview High School officials knew during the 2016-2017 school year that a student-athlete was accused of raping at least two other students, but failed to investigate and did nothing to protect students from facing a hostile environment at the school.

The lawsuit claimed school officials at Fairview fostered an environment permissive of sexual misconduct. The former students brought the Title IX claim amid a broader reckoning over the high school’s culture and multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and requires schools that receive federal funding to investigate and remedy hostile educational environments, among other obligations.

While the former students and school district have agreed to settle the case, the settlement has not been finalized and the details of the terms are not yet public. Both sides have until Oct. 31 to finalize the settlement, according to court records.


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