STORRS, Conn. (CBSNewYorkAP) — The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference, the two sides announced Friday.
The bulk of the settlement, $900,000, will go to a former UConn hockey player who joined the Title IX lawsuit last December, a month after it was originally filed by four other women. She alleged she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player in August 2011.
The other four women will receive payments ranging from $25,000 to $125,000.
The school, which has repeatedly defended its policies for responding to sexual assault complaints, did not admit any wrongdoing.
“It was clear to all parties that no good would have come from dragging this out for years as it consumed the time, attention and resources _ both financial and emotional _ of everyone involved,” said Larry McHugh, the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees. “In order to do this, compromise was required on both sides, which is reflected in the settlement. I hope this resolution will help the students find closure on this issue.”
The victims’ attorney Gloria Allred applauded the women who refused to remain silent, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.