- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The costs of attorney fees and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit to the University of Tennessee have grown to more than $3 million.

Tennessee is paying $2.48 million to settle the lawsuit filed in Nashville by eight unidentified women who said the school had violated Title IX regulations and fostered a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes.

Tennessee’s athletic department and the school’s central administration are splitting the settlement’s cost.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2abHQtt ) reports the cost for university lawyers was about $540,000 as of July 6. Officials say that amount is paid by the state and then billed back to the university.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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