Tennessee settlement has steps to enhance Title IX policies

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's $2.48 million settlement of a Title IX lawsuit regarding its handling of assault complaints against athletes includes steps on how the school must improve the way it addresses incidents involving sexual misconduct.

A copy of the settlement obtained Wednesday through a public records request said the school will change its rules regarding student disciplinary hearings and will appoint an independent commission including experts on establishing or maintaining federal law compliance programs.

The settlement calls for Tennessee to use ''its best efforts to enforce mandatory sexual assault training'' for employees reasonably likely to be among the first to learn about incidents. Tennessee also is no longer providing a list of potential lawyers to athletes, a practice it actually discontinued before the settlement.

Lawyers for both sides announced the settlement Tuesday.