The family of slain track star Lauren McCluskey who was killed on campus by a man she once dated, says the university has done nothing but deny responsibility since their daughter's October murder. They hope the Title Nine civil rights complaint they filed yesterday in U.S. District Court will force the university to make substantive changes to enhance safety. The family said any judgment they win against the school will go to a foundation they've established in memory of their daughter.
The family is suing the school for 56-million-dollars.
According to the family, they decided to file suit because the school has never apologized, and university president Ruth Watkins dismissed a highly critical independent review of the the school’s actions leading up to the death, by saying it “does not offer any reason to believe this tragedy could have been prevented.”
Lauren contacted campus police 20 times in the weeks leading up to her death about the harassment by Melvin Rowland, who eventually shot and killed her on campus. Investigators found most of her concerns weren’t taken seriously.
Source:Salt Lake Tribune