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UConn settles sex assault lawsuits for $1.3 million

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has settled a federal lawsuit filed by five women who claimed the school responded to their sexual assault complaints with indifference.

The school has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million, including $900,000 to a former UConn hockey player who said she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player.

The Associated Press obtained settlement documents in advance of a planned Friday announcement by the university and plaintiffs.

The school did not admit any wrongdoing, saying in the court papers that it entered the settlement “solely for the purpose of avoiding the expense and inconvenience of litigating disputed claims.”

The U.S. Department of Education continues to investigate Title IX complaints filed by the plaintiffs and other women.