Two former Boise State students have accused university athletic officials of ignoring sexual assault and harassment incidents involving a student athlete.
According to the two women, athletic officials were aware of the accused athletes previous record of sexual assault and harassment and failed to stop the behavior, further emboldening the inappropriate actions of what the suit calls a “men’s star track and field athlete”.
The women are being represented by nationally renowned lawyer Gloria Allred.
Attorney Gloria Allred, seated left, and Dr. Caroline Heldman, along with six sexual assault victims (unrelated to the Boise State suit), at a news conference on April 18, 2013. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
In response the the lawsuit, Boise State officials released the following statement Monday, April 14:
“Boise State University leaders are aware of the allegations and have taken them very seriously since first learning of them. Boise State does not tolerate sexual assault or harassment, and in this case took immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.
Our leaders are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and have instituted programs and policies to prevent discrimination in all its forms. We also are committed to investigating and addressing complaints when they occur.”