Sexual assault lawsuit: Lawyer says a hearing is scheduled for May 5

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An open hearing will be held May 5 concerning the sexual assault lawsuit against Pacific University that made headlines in the fall.

The hearing will be held at the Multnomah County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. and is open for the community to attend.

Attorney Greg Kafoury filed a $3 million lawsuit against the university in November in response to how a sexual assault case was handled in 2013.

Kafoury and his team sued the university for negligence in investigating and responding to the assault.

The accused student in the case was expelled from school but Kafoury alleged that the university only did so in response to pressure from the victim to go to the media.

President Lesley Hallick disputed his claim, saying it was completely false to her knowledge.

In response to the lawsuit, Hallick and the administration held an open forum for students to ask questions about the lawsuit, about the policy and support concerning sexual assaults on campus.

While the university could not speak directly in detail about the case, the administration used the opportunity to talk about the resources available to students in the counseling and campus wellness centers.

In an interview from November, Hallick said she believes the university acted legally and appropriately in handling the matter and the facts will show that to be the case.

The university is being represented by an outside lawfirm and filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Kafoury’s son, attorney Jason Kafoury said there has been back and forth between the lawfirm and the university to get ahold of documents concerning the investigation.

“It’s been really hard to get the documents we need to move forward with the case,” Kafoury said.


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