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Tue Sep 21, 2021, 03:25 PM

San Jose State University to pay $1.6 million to athletes inappropriately touched by trainer

Source: San Jose Mercury News

San Jose State University will pay $1.6 million to student athletes sexually harassed by an athletic trainer as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

Under the settlement, announced Tuesday, the university must also improve its process for responding to complaints of sexual harassment, improve its Title IX office, prevent retaliation and other steps.

For more than a decade, the Justice Department said, SJSU failed to adequately respond to reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault of female student-athletes, exposing more students to harm in the process. An athletic trainer, multiple student athletes said, touched their breasts, groins and other areas during on-campus treatments.

As this news organization previously reported, the university’s athletic program came under fire for allowing former athletic trainer Scott Shaw to work with athletes years after swimmers came forward with the disturbing allegations. In May, the school reassigned athletic director Marie Tuite to a fundraising role. Tuite said in August she had left the school altogether.

Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/09/21/sexual-harassment-san-jose-state-university-to-pay-1-6-million-to-athletes-inappropriately-touched-by-trainer/



I was a student at SJSU when this creep was first investigated over 10 years ago and got off scot free because the administration bought into his "trigger point therapy" defense. And now California taxpayers are footing the bill for that bad decision.

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