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Allred representing women who say UConn failing to protect them

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At a press conference Monday afternoon, seven former and current students at the University of Connecticut said they were sexually assaulted and UConn did nothing about it.

The women, who are represented by high-powered attorney Gloria Allred, filed a complaint under the federal Title IX law, which protects students from sexual discrimination in any education program that receives federal aid.

"The UConn administration was deliberately indifferent to issues of sexual violence and had contributed to an environment where sexual assault was minimized," Allred said.

The complaint was filed with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on behalf of the students.

If officials with the United States Department of Education decide to take the complaint further, it could eventually mean a loss in funding for UConn. 

During the press conference, the students discussed the incidents.

"I was drugged and assaulted by a student," one of the four women said.

"I was so proud to be a Husky, but it's so different now," another woman said.

UConn President Susan Herbst told Eyewitness News she hasn't seen details of the complaint, but insisted the school is safe.

"The University of Connecticut takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously, as the health and well-being of our students is our top priority. Our response protocol for these and other alleged incidents of sexual assault is in line with or exceeds best practices. We always must be mindful of the rights of the accused and the accuser while upholding our commitment to protecting the safety of our campus community," UConn said in a statement Monday.

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