Court could also award $46K in copying fees

Updated: May 18, 2005, 2:21 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- A U.S. District Court clerk Tuesday awarded the University of Colorado more than $24,000 in court costs from two women whose recently dismissed federal lawsuit sparked the football recruiting scandal.

Clerk Steve Ehrlich awarded the school $24,548.29 after a 15-minute hearing. Ehrlich also told the two sides to discuss copying fees, which university lawyers estimate at more than $46,000.

A judge will determine whether to award other costs sought by the university.

Judge Robert Blackburn dismissed the women's lawsuit in March, saying the two did not meet specific standards necessary to sue under Title IX, the federal law protecting equal gender access to public education. The women have asked the judge to reconsider his decision.

Blackburn also ordered the women to pay the university's costs, which the women last week said were excessive.

Documents filed by the women's attorneys say the school wanted reimbursement for first-class airfare, lodging at an expensive downtown Denver hotel for an expert defense witness and other ``outrageous and truly excessive costs.

The women asked the amount sought by the school, which ranges from $90,475 to more than $124,000, be reduced to about $34,000.

Former CU student Lisa Simpson and another woman alleged they were sexually assaulted by football players or recruits during an off-campus party in December 2001. They claimed the university violated Title IX by allowing its athletic department to harbor an environment of sexual harassment that led to their assaults.

It is the policy of The Associated Press not to name alleged sexual assault victims without their consent. Simpson has agreed to have her name used in media reports. The other woman has asked that her name not be used.

No sexual assault charges were filed by police, but an independent panel last year found sex, drugs, and alcohol were used to recruit football players without the university's knowledge.


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