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Women’s lawsuit against University of Colorado set for trial in ’09


A lawsuit filed by two women who say they were raped at a party attended by University of Colorado football players and recruits has been set for trial in 2009.


The trial, set for six weeks, was scheduled to start Jan. 12, 2009.


The women alleged they were raped at an off-campus party in 2001 and that CU violated federal law against gender discrimination by fostering an environment that allowed sexual assaults to occur.


No criminal sexual assault charges were ever filed.


A federal judge had dismissed the women’s lawsuit on grounds that the women failed to show that the university was deliberately indifferent to known sexual harassment.


The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed in a ruling earlier this month and revived the lawsuit, saying there was evidence the university had an official policy of showing high school recruits a “good time.”


CU has said it has stringent policies prohibiting sexual harassment and sexual assault.


Since the lawsuit was filed, there have been changes in CU’s football recruiting practices and a shake-up of the university’s top leaders.


One plaintiff, Lisa Simpson, was a student at the time of the alleged assault and has agreed to be publicly identified. The other plaintiff has not. The Associated Press does not identify the victims of alleged sexual assault without their permission.


–Associated Press


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