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USU to pay raped student $250Ok to settle sexual assault lawsuit

USU to pay raped student $250Ok to settle sexual assault lawsuit

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By Dennis Romboy, KSL
 |  Posted Jul fifth, 2018 @ nine:10pm

 


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LOGAN — Utah State University will pay a former student who used to be raped at a fraternity area $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed the varsity and the Greek group knew of earlier allegations in opposition to her attacker and did not take motion.

The college additionally agreed to make adjustments to its sexual assault insurance policies as a part of the settlement with Victoria Hewlett.

Hewlett sued the varsity after Brian Relopez raped her in his bed room on the Sigma Chi fraternity area throughout a July 2015 celebration. Relopez used to be sentenced in May 2016 to a 12 months in prison for sexually assaulting two girls, together with Hewlett, who used to be 19 on the time.

“I’m extremely happy with the outcome, that the university is willing to work with us,” Hewlett stated. “I think they are imperative to changing this whole culture that has become of women and even men feeling like they can’t speak out about their assaults.”

Hewlett alleged USU used to be conscious about earlier assault allegations in opposition to Relopez via 5 different girls, however allowed him to stay on campus, enrolled and unsanctioned.

The Gamma Kappa bankruptcy of Sigma Chi used to be additionally conscious about the allegations in opposition to Relopez however allowed him to stay an energetic member and a resident within the fraternity area, in accordance to the lawsuit. Members of the fraternity additionally knew the Kappa Delta sorority had barred Relopez from its actions on reviews he had verbally, emotionally and bodily abused girls within the staff.

Hewlett additionally sued Sigma Chi and Gamma Kappa however didn’t agree to finish her lawsuit in opposition to the fraternities.

“We worked with Victoria and her family in a collaborative process to create a set of commitments that will result in meaningful changes for student safety,” USU spokesman Tim Vitale stated in a ready observation.

The college known it had paintings to do and has taken steps within the final two years to enhance sexual assault prevention and reaction efforts, together with making sexual assault prevention coaching obligatory for all new scholars, he stated. It additionally skilled staff on responsibilities for reporting underneath Title IX and followed an amnesty program to inspire reporting.

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