An amendment to a lawsuit filed against the University of Arizona reveals the school failed to take necessary steps to protect its female students. Arizona reportedly "promoted the success of the football program at the expense of the safety of female students on campus."
According to the Arizona Daily Star's Caitlin Schmidt, the amendment alleges players on Arizona's football team gang-raped female students and staff in the time leading up to the arrest of former running back Orlando Bradford.
The report details Arizona's lack of action regarding sexual assault and harassment. From the report:
"The permissive culture in Arizona’s football program led to “rampant” sexual harassment and sexual assaults, including the gang rapes, the lawsuit says.
Although UA received reports of this sexual harassment and violence, little, if anything, was done to stop it and/or take prompt action to redress the harassment, particularly if corrective action might have negatively impacted the potential success of the football program."
The lawsuit, initially filed in October, alleges the school violated Title IX laws and did not take the steps necessary to protect its students against Bradford after it was alerted to his abuse of multiple women. The amended suit also claims that the university was deliberately indifferent to a hostile educational environment.
Bradford was sentenced to five years in prison in November after he pleaded guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.
A separate lawsuit also alleges sexual harassment against former former Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. After getting fired in January, Rodriguez was issued a $7.5 million sexual harassment claim by his former administrative assistant, Melissa Wilhelmsen.