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UCLA settles lawsuit with graduate students alleging Title IX violations (Daily Bruin)

UCLA settles lawsuit with graduate students alleging Title IX violations – Daily Bruin


UCLA settled a lawsuit Thursday that was filed by two graduate students who claimed they were sexually harassed by professor Gabriel Piterberg. 

According to a UCLA statement, the UC Board of Regents agreed to pay one student $350,000 and the other student $110,000. They will also provide one of the students with a dissertation year fellowship in her final year of graduate school. 

Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Glasgow, both graduate students in history, sued UCLA in June 2015, alleging that UCLA violated Title IX when dealing with their claims of sexual harassment. The students accused Piterberg of making unwelcome sexual advances and comments, conversing about sexual matters and forcing his tongue into their mouths. 

The students’ lawyers said in a press release that UCLA officials discouraged the graduate students from making a formal complaint about Piterberg’s misconduct.

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