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Friday, November 1, 2013

Read UConn President Herbst’s statement on claims

The University of Connecticut released a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by four women who alleged they were sexually assaulted while they were students:
UConn spokesowman Stephanie Reitz said in a statement: "Although UConn is unable to address specific allegations in today’s federal lawsuit filing, it’s become clear that there’s confusion over some comments that President Herbst made during her report to the Board of Trustees last week."

This statement by Reitz and the one below it attributed to Herbst not edited:
?UConn is committed to a campus community free from all forms of sexual violence, harassment, exploitation and intimidation. We are engaged every day in the important work of education and prevention around these issues and providing resources to victims. We care deeply for the safety and welfare of all of our students.
The University does all in its power to appropriately investigate and handle such claims in a manner that is fully compliant with the law and grounded in both sensitivity and fairness.
We will carefully assess the allegations contained in the federal lawsuit filed today. The University cannot discuss specific allegations publicly due to federal student privacy protections and the legal constraints of pending litigation, but will respond accordingly as part of the legal process in that venue."


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