The University of Liberty has reportedly reached an agreement with various plaintiffs – a mix of former students and staff – who have sued Evangelical College in Virginia for allegedly mishandling Chapter IX issues over the years. According to court documents, the agreement was reached on Wednesday.
“The terms of the agreement are confidential and I can’t say anything about it, except that the parties to the lawsuit have resolved their differences and the issue has been resolved,” said Jack Larkin, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. local TV station WDBJ.
The original lawsuit, filed by a group of 12 Jane Doos, was filed against Liberty in July. Additional plaintiffs later joined the case. Plaintiffs alleged in court materials that Liberty discouraged them from reporting cases of sexual violence or punishing complainants for various violations of the Code of Conduct, such as drinking alcohol or premarital sex when they spoke.
However, Royce’s reportan independent news site covering the evangelical community, recently reported that at least two Jane Doe in the case refused to settle with Liberty. One of the plaintiffs alleges that she was offered an initial settlement of $ 5,000, which was later increased to $ 35,000. She accused Freedom of insulting and re-injuring her in a dispute over the settlement.
“The University of Liberty can confirm that the agency has reached amicable settlements with all of Jane Doe’s plaintiffs, as well as with all of Jane Doe’s additional but two represented by attorney Larkin. As a result, Mr. Larkin biasedly rejected the lawsuit he had previously filed on behalf of Jane Doss, ”the university said in an e-mail.
The statement, which did not address the ongoing investigation, said Liberty was investing $ 8.5 million in security upgrades, which would add more cameras, emergency boxes and a mobile app to report emergencies. The statement added that Liberty had begun a review of its processes and the Title IX division to strengthen its policies and procedures on sexual violence.
In addition to the settled case, two additional lawsuits were filed against Title IX issues in Liberty, the last in April. Both have claims similar to the 12 Jane Does lawsuit. The Department of Education recently opened Fr. Claire Law Compliance Review in Liberty, and the Bureau of Civil Rights is also investigating allegations of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.