June 03, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Title IX lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee over its handling of sexual assault complaints has a scheduled trial date of May 22, 2018.

The offices of lawyers from both sides of the suit confirmed Friday that the trial date was set Thursday during a case management conference. The Tennessean first reported the trial date.

In a proposed case management order filed last week by lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the school, the two sides said they would expect a trial to last about three to four weeks.

The federal lawsuit, filed February in Nashville, alleges the school has violated Title IX policies and created a ''hostile sexual environment'' through a policy of indifference toward assaults by athletes. Eight unidentified women are listed as plaintiffs.

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