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The University of Tennessee has reached a financial settlement with a group of women who sued the school in federal court for the way it handled their allegations of sexual assaults by student-athletes.According to documents obtained by ESPN, the university will pay the eight women $2.48 million. The federal trial was scheduled to begin in May 2018 at the U. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville. 9, a group of six unidentified women filed a federal civil lawsuit against Tennessee, alleging that the school violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.According to court records, the sides had a teleconference with U. According to a UT release, the settlement agreement specifically provides that the university is not admitting guilt, negligence or unlawful acts.UT officials said they have already spent $220,000 litigating the case and estimated that it would cost another $5.5 million if the case ended in trial.David Randolph Smith, the Nashville attorney who represents the eight women, said his clients are dismissing their lawsuit against UT."My clients and I are dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice and signed the settlement agreement," Smith said in a statement.



Our first priority is the safety and well-being of every member of our University community."In June, Trauger issued a gag order in the case, which prohibits the attorneys from talking about the high-profile case.Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and athletic director Dave Hart didn't respond to telephone messages from ESPN.The original complaint, filed by six women who were identified as Jane Does 1-6, claimed that Tennessee's policies made students more vulnerable to sexual assault and said the school had a "clearly unreasonable response" after incidents that caused the women making complaints to endure additional harassment.The suit also stated that the university interfered with the disciplinary process to favor male athletes.

According to the lawsuit:• Jane Doe I alleged that former Tennessee basketball player Yemi Makanjuola sexually assaulted her in his dorm room on Feb. She had a rape exam the next day, and he was subsequently found in violation of UT's General Standard of Conduct for assaulting the woman.

The suit alleges that his attorney filed a request for an administrative hearing to contest the charges, which allowed Makanjuola to remain on Tennessee's basketball team for the remainder of the season and then transfer to another school without being disciplined.• Jane Doe II alleged that an unidentified UT football player sexually assaulted her at Vol Hall on Sept. The school's Office of Student Judicial Affairs found him responsible for assaulting the woman, but UT later withdrew its findings and found no violation of student conduct for sexual assault.• Jane Doe III alleged that an unidentified Tennessee student and two unidentified Tennessee State students sexually assaulted her on Oct. According to the lawsuit, the Tennessee student, who was not an athlete, was found responsible for assaulting her in a disciplinary hearing.