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Title IX litigation against K-State dismissed

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019


MANHATTAN — On Nov. 26, plaintiffs Sara Weckhorst and Tessa Farmer permanently dismissed their federal Title IX lawsuits against Kansas State University. K-State provided no monetary payment or other form of compensation to either plaintiff. The plaintiffs' complaints filed with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education based on the same allegations were separately dismissed by that agency in 2018 with no findings against K-State.

This result affirms K-State's long-stated position that it responded appropriately and in compliance with Title IX when Weckhorst and Farmer each reported they were sexually assaulted off campus. Consistent with K-State's longstanding practice of helping students, administrators dedicated extensive time and effort to offer a range of support and assistance to both of them.

More information on K-State's policies, procedures and programs for responding to reports of sexual misconduct is available from K-State's Office of Institutional Equity and Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education. Helping students will always remain a K-State priority.