$825K settlement in CU sexual misconduct case

BOULDER - The University of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor's Philip P. DiStefano announced the school has settled a case of sexual misconduct reported by a graduate student in the philosophy department.

CU reached the $825,000 settlement with the woman who claimed she was retaliated against by a tenured philosophy professor after filing a sexual misconduct complaint against another philosophy instructor. The incident with the instructor was reported to have occurred at an off-campus party in 2012.

"A young woman's life was turned upside down and her education suffered serious interruptions. I wanted to ensure we responded quickly to help her set her life back on course," DiStefano said in a press release. "We settled her claim because it was the right thing to do."

The chancellor said the student was continuing her education as a Ph.D. student in CU's philosophy department.

The student's attorney praised the university's handling of the settlement and the approach it is taking to manage Title IX and other cases.

"CU-Boulder's administration has demonstrated responsible leadership and has taken important steps to ensure that our client and others like her will not have to endure a sexually hostile academic environment," the statement read. "We would not have recommended to our client that she continue her studies at CU-Boulder unless we believed that the university's commitment was both sincere and meaningful."

DiStefano said the instructor who had "subjected the female graduate student to unwanted sexual contact" did not have their contract renewed.

"Let there be no misunderstanding: My goal is to change the culture here on campus for good. I expect CU-Boulder's faculty, staff and students to actively join in this effort, taking personal responsibility for creating a safe and inclusive campus," he said.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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