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Lawsuit Against KU Over Sexual Assault Takes Novel Legal Approach

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As incidents of sexual violence on college campuses draw greater scrutiny, a lawsuit filed against KU is taking a novel legal approach.

Most civil lawsuits filed by sexual assault victims allege violations of the federal sex discrimination law. This one, however, was brought by an alleged victim’s parents. It claims KU violated the Kansas Consumer Protection law by misrepresenting its dorms as safe and secure.

“If you’re paying tuition, what you’re buying here is to keep my kid in a safe place to teach them things,” says Dan Curry, a lawyer for the parents, James and Amanda Tackett.

They say their daughter was raped in one of the school’s residence halls.

KU calls the lawsuit baseless and says it provides robust services for victims of sexual assault and violence.

Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health news at KCUR, the public radio station in Kansas City. Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance underwriter and project development director for a video production firm.