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Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault | San José State University, California State University System

In 2019, Cal State Universities, which includes San José State University and 22 more campuses, announced a new policy that required “victims of sexual misconduct to be questioned with their alleged attacker in the room during a live hearing”. Over a year later, “San Jose State University officials, including the athletic director and president” were accused of allegedly engaging “in a pattern of covering up misconduct by staff and students and retaliating against those who reported it,” according to USA TODAY:

Steve O’Brien, who served as the No. 2 in the athletic department, said in the claim that he was victim of such retaliation after resisting orders to discipline two employees, including the whistleblower in an ongoing sexual assault investigation […] against then-sports medicine director Scott Shaw.

In 2021, ten former San José State University athletes alleged that not only were they “victims of sexual abuse, harassment, and discrimination,” but also that “the state university system violated federal and state laws by allowing Shaw to have access to young women, including minors, without effective supervision.”

Not only are schools expected to protect their students, staff and faculty from sexual predators, they are liable for breaching this duty. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted at San José State University, you should Contact Us immediately. You can fill out an online contact form or call 415-766-3544 for a FREE Consultation.

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault Lawsuits | FREE Consultation

Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise is a nationally recognized law firm. Our team of attorneys is fully prepared to assist our clients, protect their privacy, and guide them through the whole process in sexual abuses or sexual assaults cases. If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you should Contact Us immediately. You can fill out an online contact form or call 504-523-2434 for a FREE Consultation. Remember: everything you share with your lawyer is confidential.


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