Civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred discusses the federal Title IX complaint she has filed against the University of Connecticut which alleges the university failed to protect seven current and former students from sexual assault on campus and to respond adequately after students reported the assaults.
Below is the full statement from UConn about the allegations:
“The University of Connecticut takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously, as the health and well-being of our students is our top priority. Our response protocol for these and other alleged incidents of sexual assault is in line with or exceeds best practices. We always must be mindful of the rights of the accused and the accuser while upholding our commitment to protecting the safety of our campus community.
We are confident at this point that these cases were handled thoroughly, swiftly, and appropriately. Federal privacy law prohibits the University from discussing the specifics of these cases.
However, if the students involved in these cases wish to waive their privacy protection afforded by FERPA with regard to the complaints, the University would be willing to share the details of how these cases were handled, in the interest of transparency.
If there was information we did not have at the time these cases were brought forward, the University certainly would welcome that information now. Our students should reasonably expect protection and due process. They deserve the best response in the nation, and we’re committed to ensuring that right.”