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UConn Agrees to Pay $1.3M to Alleged Sexual Assault Victims

The University of Connecticut has settled a lawsuit filed by five current and former students, who claimed the school mishandled sexual assault reports.

By CS Staff ·  July 22, 2014

UConn Agrees to Pay $1.3M to Alleged Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual Assaults in the News
 STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the school mishandled sexual assault reports.

The university will pay $1,285,000 to five current and former UConn students, who claim the school did not take their cases seriously, to avoid legal proceedings, Boston Globe reports.

UConn does not admit wrongdoing in the settlement of the federal lawsuit, which was filed under the Title IX law.

Silvana Moccia, a former UConn ice hockey player, will receive $900,000 — the bulk of the settlement. She claims she was kicked off the team after she reported that a male teammate raped her in August 2011. The other plaintiffs, Kylie Angell, Erica Daniels, Carolyn Luby and Rosemary Richi, will receive payments ranging from $25,000 to $125,000.

In agreeing to the settlement, the women acknowledged that the university has since taken steps to improve its prevention and response to sexual assaults. UConn has offered better training for staff and students and has also formed a special victims unit within its campus police department.

The university remains subject of a Title IX investigation by the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, reports.

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  1.  Who is Rose Jones?
    1. New financial aid staff
    2. Emergency Notification for a lost child
    3. Coded warning requesting immediate police or security assistance
    4. Which statement is not part of the Science Laboratory Safety Notice?
      1. Personal Protective Equipment Must be worn
      2. Closed toe shoes are required
      3. Do not apply cosmetics in the laboratory
      4. Which colors appear on HAZMAT warning signs?
        1. White, green, yellow, red
        2. White, yellow, red, blue
        3. Green, yellow, red, blue
        4. These four colors alert you to the risk of?
          1. Fire, health, instability, specific hazard
          2. Fire, respiratory, flammability, eye danger
          3. Respiratory, flammability, acid, chemical
          4. For your campus, true or false, First Aid kits can be found in?
            1. Franklin;  130D, 125, 136
            2. Hobbs: 107A, Library, 112
            3. WFC:  214, 207
            4. Smithfield:  Stairwell
            5. What is the 24 hour security number for the college?
              1. 757-569-6721
              2. 757-925-6319
              3. 757-802-0325
              4. When advised by the Campus Dean to Run and Hide when a gunman is on campus, your safe haven for your campus is? True/false.
                1. Franklin: Blake Ford, Ace Hardware
                2. Hobbs; Lakeland HS
                3. WFC: BB&T, Ace Hardware
                4. Smithfield:  Parking lot





  1. What is the correct sequence of actions in the event a gas leak is suspected or confirmed?
    1. Evacuate the building, Call the fire department, Call the gas company
    2. Call the fire department, Call the gas company, Evacuate the building upon advice of the fire department
    3. Call the gas company, Call the fire department, call the campus dean for advice
    4. In the event of a gas leak who can authorize staff and student to reenter the building?
      1. Campus Dean
      2. Fire Official
      3. Security Officer
      4. Upon notification of a tornado watch you should take shelter immediately.  True/False
      5. The college alerts the campuses to a lost or kidnapped child by using the term:
        1. Amber Alert
        2. Rose Jones
        3. Code Adam
        4. On your campus where are the severe weather/tornado shelters located? True/False
          1. Franklin:  room 144 and 121
          2. WFC:        room 214, 208
          3. Hobbs:    Room 100, room 112
          4. Smithfield:  Stairwell
          5. In the college emergency operations plan which position is designated as the incident commander?
            1. VP for Financial and Technical Services
            2. Campus Dean
            3. First responder
            4. Weapons are allowed on campus but not in buildings.  True/False
            5. Unattended children found on campus may be turned over to:
              1. Campus dean
              2. Security
              3. Police officer
              4. What does EAA mean?
                1. Emergency Assembly Area
                2. Evacuation Alarm Assembly
                3. Evacuation Assembly Area
                4. Where can you find information on emergency actions?
                  1. Safety and Security Web Page
                  2. Common Drive T
                  3. Departmental common drive




  1. How many campuses have AEDs?
    1. 1
    2. 0
    3. 2
    4. Do you have a copy of the Bomb Threat questions to ask near your telephone? The only correct answer is yes.
    5. The Silent Witness Program is a way to report suspicious behavior, disruptive students and crime.  True/False
    6. The Desk top ICON MSDS provides access to:
      1. Available security companies in the Franklin Area
      2. AED instructions
      3. Automated Substance Data Sheets, addressing risks, treatments for HAZMAT items
      4. Classroom and office keys are issued by the Safety and Security department.  True/False
      5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher?  Yes/No.   Yes is the only correct answer
      6. What is a Kitty Kat?
        1. Small furry mammal
        2. A self-defense tool
        3. The school mascot
        4. How many surveillance cameras are in use by the college?
          1. 27
          2. 35


Parents and Caregivers


If you see a young child locked in a parked car for more than 5 minutes:
  • First make sure the child is okay and responsive. If not, call 911 immediately.
  • If the child appears okay, you should attempt to locate the parents; or have the facility’s security or management page the car owner over the PA system.
  • If there is someone with you, one person should actively search for the parent while the other waits at the car.
  • If the child is not responsive and appears in great distress, attempt to get into the car to assist the child, even if that means breaking a window.
  • If the child is in distress due to heat, get the child out of the car as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not in an ice bath) by spraying the child with cool water.


States have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect people from lawsuits for getting involved while helping a person in an emergency.

Leaving Kids Alone in Hot Cars — Know the Risks                             and Consequences

Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, but caregivers who are unaccustomed to transporting children are especially prone to forgetting.

Think about the last time your routine was interrupted. Maybe you forgot something, or were afraid you might forget something.  Or maybe you decided to leave your child alone in the car, thinking “I’ll just run into the store for a minute.” In either case, it’s important to know the risks and consequences associated with leaving kids in cars — especially hot cars.


  • In 10 minutes, a car can heat up 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool.
  • With temperatures in the 60s, your car can heat up to well above 110 degrees.
  • A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s.
  • Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside!
  • A child dies when his/her temperature reaches 107.


  • The heat-related death of a child
  • Misdemeanor with fines as high as $500 — and even imprisonment — in some states
  • Felony, depending on the state, if bodily harm results from leaving kids alone in a hot car
  • Note: The age of children who can be left unattended in a vehicle varies from state to state, as does the duration of time a child can be left alone in a car.

Prevention Tips to Avoid a Tragic Heatstroke

  • Never leave a child alone in a car.
  • Don’t let your kids play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them that a vehicle is not a play area.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are partially open.
  • Keep a large teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it’s empty. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder.
  • If you are dropping your children off at childcare, but normally your spouse or partner drops them off, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure they were not left in the car.
  • Become vigilant about looking in the vehicle before locking the door. Always look front and back before walking away — always!


THE CENTER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS.  Visit for information on the prevention, response to sexual assault.  The site also provides a wealth of information regarding advocacy agencies available to assist victims of sexual assault.

NEW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WEBSITE.  Visit for the latest information on how to establish a watch organization in your local community/neighborhood.

HURRICANE SEASON.  Weather forecasters are predicting an earlier than usual s eason indicating that the season will start much earlier this year.  Please visit for tips on how to prepare your family for a natural disaster.

FIREARMS ON CAMPUS.  State law and college policy both prohibit weapons inside college facilities.  Weapons, primarily firearms are permited on campus if secured in a vehicle by persons possessing valid “Concealed Carry Permits”

TORNADO APPLICATION.  As you know, tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long and every state is at some risk from this hazard.  The American Red Cross has developed  an official Tornado app. The Tornado app sounds an alarm when NOAA issues a tornado warning for your location, even when the app is closed. In addition, the app puts everything you need to know to prepare for an impending tornado in the palm of your hand.  This app may serve as a great tool for responders from all disciplines. Consider taking advantage of this tool.


It’s a growing concern for 911 dispatchers in our area; people calling in from cell phones, and not knowing where they are. A 911 call for a recent structure fire in Lynchburg was made from a cell phone. The caller did not know the address of the fire. Crews made it to the scene, but only after dispatchers were forced to find the right location. WSET – Full Story