University to pay $1.6M to students assaulted by employee

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San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to female student athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The payment is part of a settlement between the university, the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, which conducted a Title IX investigation that found the university failed to adequately respond to reports of sexual harassment and assault that started in 2009, exposing additional student-athletes to harm for over a decade.

Federal investigators also found the university retaliated against two employees, including one who repeatedly alerted school officials about the trainer. Female swimmers said he subjected them to repeated, unwelcome sexual touching of their breasts, groins, buttocks and pubic areas during treatment in the campus training facilities, federal prosecutors said.

"With this agreement, San José State University will provide relief to survivors and transform its Title IX process to ensure accountability in its athletics program and create a…
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