Ballet students sue over groping investigation | #College. | #Students

Two female ballet students have accused University of Cincinnati administrators of protecting a male dancer who they allege repeatedly groped them, according to a federal lawsuit.

“During practices and performances, the male student touched his partners inappropriately,” the suit states. “UC was deliberately indifferent to the harassment suffered by these women.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on June 30. The women are using pseudonyms in the filings. The male student is also not named in the lawsuit and is not being sued.

According to the complaint, the university ignored the complaints of one of the women, issued an ineffective no-contact order for the other and conducted a flawed investigation and hearing regarding the man’s alleged misconduct. The lawsuit states the school has a history of mishandling cases such as this.

“The university does take Title IX-related complaints seriously as part of our goal for creating a safe campus for all,” UC officials said in a statement. The statement also encouraged students to report “misconduct.” UC officials said they do not comment on pending litigation.

Contact prior to UC

The man was on a scholarship to attend UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and received “favored and starring roles” in productions, the suit states, and he also performed with the Cincinnati Ballet.

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