Liberty University Sexual Misconduct Investigation

10.29.2021

Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of current and former students who attended Liberty University, a private Evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia, for reported mishandling of sexual assault reports.

Liberty University has reportedly failed to adequately investigate accusations of sexual misconduct. According to recent reports, Liberty has systematically failed to appropriately address student reports of assault, harassment, and other forms of misconduct, leading to an unsafe campus.

Have You Experienced Sexual Assault or Misconduct While Attending Liberty University? Speak to a Lawyer.

If you experienced sexual assault or misconduct while attending Liberty University, you may be entitled to relief. Protect your rights by speaking with a Girard Sharp attorney. Call us toll-free at (866) 981-4800 or submit your information below:

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Liberty University’s Reported Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Liberty University’s response to sexual assault allegations has reportedly failed to protect women who have come forward to report instances of sexual misconduct. Liberty allegedly failed to report these instances to its Title IX office. Title IX provides that no “person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance[.]” 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a).

In addition to condoning harm to women who are survivors of on-campus sexual misconduct, Liberty University’s reportedly inadequate response to reports of such misconduct potentially violate Title IX by depriving women of the ability to participate fully in their education.

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND VICTIM ADVOCACY

Girard Sharp has substantial experience in class action and other complex litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. Our Sexual Abuse and Women’s Advocacy attorneys have a track record of successfully taking on some of the world’s largest corporations and institutions on these issues.

We served as co-lead counsel in a class action against the University of Southern California and campus gynecologist George Tyndall M.D., on behalf of women who were sexually abused by Tyndall during his long tenure at USC. A federal judge approved a class action settlement with USC and the claims process has now concluded, with universal praise from class members for the compassionate and generous approach to making victims whole. The settlement requires USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients. The settlement establishes a $215 million fund and gives every survivor a choice in how to participate.

Our lawyers also filed a class action lawsuit against UCLA on behalf of women treated by UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps. Heaps was charged with sexual battery and exploitation of patients while working as a staff gynecologist at UCLA—a position he held for almost thirty years. The UC Regents agreed to resolve the claims for $73,000,000, plus injunctive relief measures, and the District Court granted final approval of that settlement.

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