Boulder Fairview High School principal is on leave while district investigates claims in Title IX lawsuit

The principal of Fairview High School in Boulder received a paid administrative leave as school district officials investigate claims made in a federal lawsuit that the principal fostered a permissive sexual assault environment in the high school.

Principal Don Stensrud was named as a defendant in the lawsuit, filed Friday, along with the Boulder Valley School District. Two Fairview alumni claimed in the lawsuit that high school leaders knew during the 2016-2017 school year that a student-athlete was accused of raping at least two other students, but did not investigate and did not protect the students from confrontation. to a hostile. environment at school.

The school and Stensrud “repeatedly turned a blind eye to rampant sexual harassment and abuse,” the lawsuit says. Stensrud could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He has worked for the school district for a total of 22 years, said Randy Barber, a district spokesman.

In an email Tuesday to students and parents, Robbyn Fernandez, assistant superintendent of schools, said Stensrud’s paid leave “in no way indicates a presumption of guilt or wrongdoing.” Boulder Valley School District administrator Terry Gillach will fill the role of Stensrud during the investigation, she wrote in the email.

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