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Wed Jul 20, 2016, 05:00 AM

Costs of Title IX Lawsuit to Univ. of Tennessee Surpass $3M

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The costs of attorney fees and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit to the University of Tennessee have grown to more than $3 million.

Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle the lawsuit filed in Nashville by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and fostered a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

Tennessee's athletic department and the school's central administration are splitting the settlement's cost.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2abHQtt) reports the cost for university lawyers was about $540,000 as of July 6. Officials say that amount is paid by the state and then billed back to the university.

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2016/jul/20/costs-of-title-ix-lawsuit-to-univ-of-tennessee-surpass-3m/

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