University of California sued over sex assault claims at Cal

OAKLAND (AP) — Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students have filed a lawsuit accusing school administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and issue punishment.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, the three women say school administrators mishandled their claims, failed to keep them informed of the disciplinary process, and handed out inadequate punishment.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Janet Gilmore, a university spokeswoman, said campus officials have not seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment on its allegations. She says the school is committed to fighting sexual assault on campus.

The lawsuit was filed amid a national debate over sexual assault on college campuses.

A growing number of victims and their supporters say the crimes are underreported and not vigorously investigated by college administrators.

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