Indiana University has reached a settlement with a former student who sued IU for failing to prevent sexual assault.
Jane Doe filed a federal lawsuit last year that claimed IU violated Title IX by failing to remove the man accused of sexually assaulting her and another woman from campus.
Monroe County prosecutors initially charged John Enochs with two counts of felony rape in connection with those incidents, which they say happened in 2013 and 2015. Enochs denied the charges. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery in exchange for two rape charges being dismissed.
“Hopefully by standing up and having a voice, this victim will sort of be a leader for other victims and we’ll see some changes being made by both universities and fraternities.”
Attorney Jeff Herman represented Jane Doe in the case against IU and says, while the details of the settlement are confidential, his client is pleased with the result.
“Hopefully by standing up and having a voice, this victim will sort of be a leader for other victims and we’ll see some changes being made by both universities and fraternities,” Herman says.
The lawsuit also names Delta Tau Delta fraternity, which is where one of the alleged assaults took place. Court documents say the fraternity “acted recklessly, willfully and with wanton disregard to the safety of Jane Doe by permitting, sanctioning, and encouraging behavior that increased the risk of sexual assault.”
But, in a statement, an attorney for the national fraternity says they’re being improperly sued.
“The National Fraternity has no control over the day to day activities of any of its local chapters, had no knowledge or involvement in the event where the alleged assault occurred, and no expectation that any member of the IU chapter might be accused of an assault,” Attorney Jim Ewbank says in a statement. “The Supreme Court of Indiana has ruled consistently that under these circumstances, motions to dismiss the National Fraternity are valid, and we expect to file a Motion to Dismiss Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in this case within the near future.”
IU didn’t return requests for comment.