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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Southern Illinois University to End Race and Sex Discrimination in Paid Fellowship Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced that it has reached a consent decree with the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University (“SIU”) that, if approved and entered by the court, would resolve the Department’s lawsuit against the Board.

The Department’s complaint, which was filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois located in Benton, Illinois, alleges that the Board has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by maintaining paid fellowship programs that establish quotas on the basis of race, national origin or sex. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin and religion.

The consent decree requires the Board immediately to cease restricting any paid fellowship positions on the basis of race, national origin or sex; to not establish any future paid fellowship positions using these prohibited criteria; and to employ, compensate and provide terms, conditions and privileges of employment to persons for any paid fellowship position without discriminating on the basis of race, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII.