UCONN Settles With Students Whose Sexual Assault Complaints It Mishandled
In October 2013, a group of current and former students accused the University of Connecticut of violating Title IX by mishandling their sexual assault cases which occurred at the school between 2010 and 2013. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights launched an investigation into the school and whether it failed to follow the gender equality law that provides equal opportunity and access to education.
UCONN still refuses to broadly take responsibility for its failures. But today it was announced that the school is settling with five of the students it is accused of failing.
Most of the $1.28 million settlement goes to Silvana Moccia, who claimed she was kicked off the UCONN hockey team after she reported being raped by a male athlete (she joined the lawsuit in December). The rest of the settlement goes to the other four students, including Kylie Angell. She was raped by a fellow student who appealed his expulsion and reappeared back at school without Angell ever being informed.
In the statement released today, UCONN “categorically denies the lawsuit’s allegations” that it failed its students. This settlement with five students allows the school to avoid legal proceedings that may have found it in violation of Title IX, which could have resulted in losing funding from the federal government. However, several other students who originally accused the school of violations are still following through with their Office For Civil Rights complaint.