University Of Virginia Legal Expenses Mount After Discredited Rape Story

February 2, 2015 Nemes Legal

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – The costs to the University of Virginia after a discredited report by Wanderer magazine of a fraternity gang rape are installing, with attorneys contracts totaling more than $500,000, a paper reported on Sunday.

Virginias flagship university was thrown into turmoil in November after Rolling Stone reported about a 2012 gang rape in a fraternity. The publication stepped far from its story in December, mentioning inconsistencies in the alleged victims account.

To tighten up security on the Charlottesville campus, the university’s Board of Visitors, or trustees, were informed in December that one-time facilities enhancements, such as upgraded cam and lighting systems, would cost an approximated $3.5 million.

Estimated operating expenses in fiscal years 2014-15, which could consist of more counselors, training and security workers, would bring in another $1.4 million.

As for legal expenditures, the Daily-Progress paper in Charlottesville on Sunday published a contract totaling $500,000 for the worldwide law company of OMelveny amp; Myers.

The Virginia lawyer generals workplace has called the company an independent counsel to investigate how the university handled the 2012 report of sexual violence reported in Wanderer, Michael Kelly, a representative for the attorneyattorney general of the united states’s workplace, said on Sunday.

Kelly stated the costs from the law firm would be reviewed by the lawyerattorney general of the united states’s office then forwarded to the Board of Visitors for payment.

A 2nd law firmlaw practice, Pepper Hamilton of Philadelphia, will certainly assist the university with its “response to and handling of sexual and gender-based harassment and physical violence complaints,” according to its contract released in the Daily-Progress.

The disclosure of more costs to the university comes after its fraternities and sororities signed contracts developed to avoid sexual assaults and binge drinking.

Regulation also has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly needing notice of prosecutors within 2 Days after a victim reports a sexual assault to school or local police authorities.


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