LOS ANGELES (AP) —
Gloria Allred, an attorney who represented about a dozen students, also said the case has been resolved — although she declined to say whether a settlement was reached or the complaint was withdrawn.
"It is a confidential matter and we intend to honor the confidentiality and privacy of those that are involved," Allred said in an email to The Associated Press.
The women were among 50 people, including faculty members at the small liberal arts college speaking out in support of the students, who filed complaints earlier this year with federal education officials.
They claimed the school showed indifference to sexual assault allegations, discouraged victims from reporting, dragged out investigations and gave wrongdoers only slap-on-the-wrist punishments.
Allred said at an April news conference announcing the Title IX action filed with federal education officials that "the university's response has been deliberately indifferent towards the victims."
The complaints involved incidents from 2009 to 2013.
They allege a pattern in which the college downplayed the incidents or tried to dissuade women from stepping forward, according to a review of the complaints by the Los Angeles Times.
Most of the men involved in the settled cases were ultimately found responsible for misconduct. Not all of the incidents were reported to law enforcement, a decision left up to those who said they were victims.
A female student who reported to administrators that she had been assaulted at a fraternity said she was told by a school dean not to talk about the incident to prevent lawsuits against the college, according to the newspaper. In addition, the complaint said, officials deliberately drew out the disciplinary proceedings.
The case "fits a troubling pattern of school administrators running out the clock so alleged perpetrators who are found responsible can still complete their semester," the complaint alleges.
Throughout the complaint are allegations that men found responsible for sexual assaults at Occidental were given only minor sanctions, the Times said.
In one case, a student admitted to administrators that he had sexually assaulted a woman in 2011 and went on to warn officials that other victims might come forward. The student was allowed to stay on campus while being barred from some campus activities and required to write an apology letter and a 15- to 20-page essay.
The final paper was "less than two and a half pages," according to the complaint.
"It is an exemplary example of what a paper looks like that has been given zero effort, care or thought," the complaint said.
Similar allegations prompted state lawmakers last month to order an audit of four University of California and California State University campuses.
Occidental said in its statement that among other steps since the complaint was filed it has adopted a new sexual misconduct policy, hired a victims' advocate and added a 24-hour phone hotline.