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The lawsuit also is seeking an injunction that would force the state to stop using the administrative hearing process."This Title IX suit seeks to remedy institutional failures at UT and in its athletic program that, we contend, made female students vulnerable to sexual assaults," Nashville attorney David Randolph Smith, who is representing the plaintiffs, said."With respect to the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (TUAPA) and the way in which sexual assault cases are handled at UT and other state colleges and universities, the case has important ramifications to ensure compliance with federal law.”The lawsuit comes on the heels of two Title IX investigations initiated by the federal government after it received complaints in June and July of last year.The case was transferred from one university department to another, with the charges against the football player dropped midway through the investigation and the eventual finding that the incident was "consensual." Typically, campus administrators do not conclude whether an incident was "consensual," instead finding there is not enough evidence for them to conclude an assault took place.In March, the ongoing Tennessean investigation revealed that a former vice chancellor at the university had raised concerns in the spring of 2013 that athletics department director Hart exerted undue influence over student-athlete discipline.
Responding through legal counsel Bill Ramsey, the university released a detailed statement that said:"Like the many other college campuses facing the challenges of sexual assault, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has devoted significant time and energy to provide a safe environment for our students, to educate and raise awareness about sexual assault, and to encourage students to come forward and report sexual assault.
Any assertion that we do not take sexual assault seriously enough is simply not true.
To claim that we have allowed a culture to exist contrary to our institutional commitment to providing a safe environment for our students or that we do not support those who report sexual assault is just false.
The alleged assaults took place on and off campus and involved women who ranged from a freshman who had been on campus just three weeks to a varsity team athlete.
At least three of the accusers dropped out of school within weeks or months after they reported their attacks to university officials.