Occidental College has reached a monetary settlement with at least 10 current and former students who were part of a federal complaint that accused officials at the Eagle Rock campus of repeatedly mishandling allegations of sexual assault, according to three sources familiar with the agreement.
During talks last week, senior officials at the liberal arts college agreed to pay the women an undisclosed sum on the condition that they not speak publicly about the college’s handling of their cases, the sources said.
The women — all represented by Gloria Allred’s law firm — were among 37 who claimed that Occidental deliberately discouraged alleged victims from reporting sexual assaults, misled students about their rights during campus investigations and retaliated against whistle-blowers who criticized the college’s handling of the cases.
The complaint, first filed in April, has since been revised to include allegations from 13 additional people, including some faculty members, bringing the total number of complainants to 50. Federal investigators are expected to visit the college in coming weeks, the sources said.