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Records Detail U. of I. Sex-Assault Settlement

September 27, 2014

Chicago Tribune
By Stacy St. Clair, Jodi S. Cohen

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign paid more than $77,000 to a student who accused campus officials of minimizing her sexual assault and harassment complaints even after photographs and a video of the incident were passed around a fraternity house, according to a settlement agreement obtained the Tribune.

The payment came after the student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. While admitting no wrongdoing, the university also agreed to provide better staff training on how to handle sexual misconduct complaints and revamped its disciplinary process for such allegations, including appointing an advocate for accusers.

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