A lawsuit accusing the University of mishandling charges that William McCormick, a former Brown student, raped the daughter of a major donor was dismissed Wednesday in federal court. The suit, filed against the University and two alums, was settled outside of court.
The University “did not participate in any settlement negotiations,” said Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, and it does not have information about the details of the settlement.
The dismissal stipulates the McCormick family may not sue the alums or the University on these charges again.
The lawsuit was first filed under seal by Scott Kilpatrick, McCormick’s lawyer, in September 2009. It claimed the University mismanaged the female alum’s allegations of rape against McCormick after a September 2006 incident because of the relationship between the University and the female alum’s father, who is a high-profile donor.
McCormick, a former varsity wrestler and member of the class of 2010, was dismissed from the University shortly after the 2006 incident.
Kilpatrick did not return requests for comment.
— Herald staff