Philadelphia Firm Chosen To Head UConn Sexual Assault Investigation
An important part of the investigation will include whether the university violated Title IX procedures, the contract says. Under federal law, "once a school has notice of a possible sexual assault or sexual harassment of students, it must take prompt and effective steps" to eliminate it, the contract says.
Under the contract, Drinker Biddle will bill at a rate of $300 per hour for an associate. That rate was not the highest or the lowest, but was "within the range of rates established by the other firms," the hiring memorandum says.
In its decision to recommend the hiring of Drinker Biddle, the committee pointed out that the firm had no past or present relationship with UConn. That is important, the memorandum says, because the firm's independence from the school will not be "reasonably" called into question.
The state has budgeted $250,000 for the legal work, but that figure could increase as the investigation moves forward. The investigation is supposed to be completed within two years.