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CU says request is 'unreasonably burdensome'

5/11/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

DENVER -- Attorneys for two alleged rape victims asked a
federal judge on Monday to force the University of Colorado to hand
over information about alleged sexual misconduct by football
players.

The women filed lawsuits accusing the university of tolerating
an atmosphere that was hostile to women. Their attorneys want
reports, documents and any other information relating to alleged
sexual assault or abuse by athletes.

It was at least the second attempt by the attorneys to get the
information. The university has said the request is "unreasonably
burdensome."

The university also said some of the documents are irrelevant to
the lawsuits, have already been provided or are protected by law.

The lawsuits say the women were raped by football players or
recruits during an off-campus party in December 2001.

Another woman has filed a similar suit, and at least five others
have accused football players or recruits of rape since 1997.

The suits sparked a recruiting scandal now under three
investigations. Football coach Gary Barnett has been suspended with
pay for comments he made about at least one of the women.