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Sexual Harassment Liability:
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Subjects: Sexual Harassment; Schools; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Argued: March 25, 1998

Decided: June 22, 1998
Vote: 5-4
At Issue: Whether a public school district is liable for a teacher's sexual harassment of a pupil.

Decision: The justies ruled 5-4 that school districts are not responsible if teachers sexually harass or abuse students and school administrators do not know about it.

Read the full text of the Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Listen to the Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.

Read the full text of the 1997 lower court case, Jean Doe v. Lago Vista Independent School District, at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Web site.

Take a look at the specifics of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 on the Department of Labor's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) Web site.

Look at the pertinent provision regarding discrimination in the U.S. Code (20 U.S.C. 1681, et. seq.,) at the U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library Web site.


Background from The Post
High Court Limits Schools' Liability On Harassment (June 23, 1998)
Policy Shaky on School Harassment (June 23, 1998)
High Court Takes Up Harassment Cases (March 26, 1998)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)


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