A federal judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed against the University of Colorado by two women who say they were raped by football players or recruits in 2001. The women's lawsuit ignited a recruiting scandal at the state's flagship school.
With a trial scheduled to begin in two months, U-S District Robert Blackburn said today that the women failed to meet two key criteria in their claim that the school violated federal Title Nine law. The law bars gender discrimination in education.
The judge said Lisa Simpson and the other woman had failed to prove C-U had actual knowledge of sexual harassment of female students by football players and recruits as part of the football recruiting program. Blackburn also said they didn't show the school was deliberately indifferent to any known sexual harassment.