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Lawsuit against former prof. settled

Lawsuit against former prof. settled

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A settlement agreement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by two students against a former Oregon State University professor.

In the lawsuit, filed in October 2005, two OSU students accused former professor Ron Leavitt of sexual harassment. The students, Christi Sherman and S. Chantell Carpenter, were teaching assistants for Leavitt, who was a professor in the communi

cations department. Each of them also worked for Leavitt at his business, Corvallis Hearing and Speech Center.

The lawsuit also named the former dean of OSU's College of Liberal Arts, the University and the Corvallis Hearing and Speech Center as defendants

. Kay Schaffer, the former dean of the liberal arts college, was dropped from the lawsuit in September 2007.

The Benton County Circuit Court received notification of the settlement on May 1, which canceled the jury trial that had been scheduled to begin Mo

nday. The details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

In a letter to the Benton County Circuit Court, the plaintiff's Portland attorney, Charese Rohny, told the court that a settlement had been reached with all defendants. Rohny wrote that the court

should expect the formal agreement to be submitted by Thursday, June 5. However, the agreement had not been filed in court records by close of business on Tuesday.

Involved plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys did not return calls Tuesday for comments.


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