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Lawsuit Alleges UT Has Hostile Sexual Environmet

Posted at 5:05 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 21:56:42-05

A lawsuit filed by a group or women alleges that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX policies and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward sexual assaults by student-athletes.

David Randolph Smith, a lawyer representing six unidentified plaintiffs, said he filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in Nashville.

The suit states Tennessee's policies made students more vulnerable to sexual assault and had a "clearly unreasonable response" after incidents that caused the women making complaints to endure additional harassment. The suit also states the university interfered with the disciplinary process to favor male athletes.

Bill Ramsey, a lawyer representing the school, said in a statement the university "acted lawfully and in good faith" in the situations described in the complaint.

To read the full lawsuit, click here.