Fifth Plaintiff Added to UConn Title IX Lawsuit

By Ari Mason
|  Friday, Dec 20, 2013  |  Updated 4:53 PM EDT
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Fifth Plaintiff Added to UConn Title IX Lawsuit

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Attorney Gloria Allred at a news conference Monday with four of seven women who have filed a Title IX complaint against UConn. The women allege the university did not provide a safe environment or take their complaints of sexual assault seriously.

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A fifth plaintiff has been added to the Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Connecticut by four women who say they were sexually assaulted while studying there.

According to UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz, an amended complaint filed this afternoon added a fifth complainant to the federal suit.

Reitz said the university is working with the state Office of the Attorney General to hire outside counsel to represent the school. They expect to make that hire by early January.

“The University has conducted its own internal review of the facts relating to the original plaintiffs, and looks forward to the opportunity to respond to their allegations at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum,” said UConn General Counsel Richard Orr, in a statement.

The fifth complainant has not been identified and Reitz said the University can't comment on specific allegations presented by that person.

The four original plaintiffs include lead complainant Carolyn Luby, Rose Richi, Kylie Angell and Erica Daniels. The women are represented by renowned attorney Gloria Allred.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is investigating civil rights complaints that the four original plaintiffs, along with three other women, have filed against the school.

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