Houston (AP) A fraternity at the University in Texas is planning to pay $2 million in a wrongful-termination suit after the school decided to end its relationship with the fraternity in response to the scandal, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential.
A university spokesman said the university would not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit was filed last week against the fraternity and its leaders by former student Hannah Hines.
Hines, who was a student at the fraternity, alleged that her alleged assailant, Jacob Wiles, sexually assaulted her in 2015.
The suit also accused the fraternity of having an “incredible lack of respect” for her and her family.
The University of Texas System has been investigating the matter since November.
The school suspended the fraternity for a year and expelled Hines from the fraternity after she filed a Title IX complaint.
Hains’ attorney has said the case is about revenge and the fraternity’s alleged lack of leadership.
In its ruling on the case, the university said it would continue to work with Hines to resolve her grievance.
“While this matter is not being resolved, we will continue to provide the assistance necessary to protect the safety and well-being of the University community and the members of the fraternity,” the university wrote.
“The University’s actions in this case are not inconsistent with its commitment to ensure that the safety of all members of its student body is a priority, including in the context of sexual violence.”
The lawsuit alleges that the university “did not act with due diligence” and did not “take appropriate steps” to address the allegations in 2016 and 2017.
The Houston Chronicle reported in August that Hines had been raped by Wiles.
The university did not say whether it had reached any settlement agreements with Hins or Wiles’ lawyer.
A lawsuit filed in November by a former student, who said she was an aspiring actress, alleged a lack of investigation by university administrators in her case.
The plaintiff said that in 2016, a fraternity member sexually assaulted and harassed her.
The woman filed a lawsuit in May against the University, Wiles and the university’s president, Art Briles.
She accused the university of not investigating and then taking action against the alleged perpetrator.