Two years ago, the University of Connecticut reached a $1.3 million settlement when seven students claimed the school failed to properly handle their sexual assault complaints. Meanwhile, Wesleyan University is currently involved in a lawsuit brought by a tenured professor who claims an administrator sexually harassed her and then retaliated against her when she tried to put a stop to it.
These types of cases are part of a growing trend in which students and faculty members claim that colleges and universities aren’t adequately investigating their complaints about sexual misconduct. Nationwide, such cases have steadily increased as complaints are filed faster than they can be resolved, resulting in overworked general counsels at many schools.
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