UConn Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit For $1.3 Million, But Won’t Admit Guilt
The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought forward by five sexual assault victims, the school and the women’s attorney announced Friday, but it will not admit to wrongdoing in the cases.
The lawsuit, filed against UConn on Nov. 1 by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and co-counsel Nina Pirrotti, came days after four of the women filed two federal complaints to the Department of Education. UConn was accused of mishandling rape cases and refusing to condemn or intervene on reported harassment of female students, in violation of the gender equity law Title IX.
UConn is one of 67 higher education institutions currently under review by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights due to its handling of sexual assault cases.