Chief Sponsor: Francis D. Gibson

Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson


9     General Description:
10          This resolution approves a settlement agreement involving wrongful death and civil
11     rights claims against the State of Utah and the University of Utah.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This resolution:
14          ▸     approves a settlement for claims related to the death of Lauren McCluskey in the
15     following cases:
16               •     United States District Court, District of Utah, Civil No.
17     2:19-cv-00449-HCN-JCB; and
18               •     Third Judicial District Court, State of Utah, Civil No. 200903724.
19     Special Clauses:
20          None

22     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23          WHEREAS, following the tragic death of Lauren McCluskey, her parents, Jill and
24     Matthew McCluskey, individually and on her behalf sued the State of Utah and the University of
25     Utah, including certain current and former employees of the University, in both the United States
26     District Court, District of Utah, Civil No. 2:19-cv-00449-HCN-JCB, and the Third Judicial
27     District Court, State of Utah, Civil No. 200903724;
28          WHEREAS, the plaintiffs claimed the defendants' conduct during the period surrounding

29     Lauren's death violated Title IX and the Fourteenth Amendment, entitling the plaintiffs to relief
30     as well as giving rise to a "wrongful death" cause of action pursuant to Utah Code Section
31     78B-3-106;
32          WHEREAS, the plaintiffs sought at least $56,000,000 as relief for the defendants'
33     alleged violations and on their "wrongful death" claim;
34          WHEREAS, the plaintiffs, in Lauren's honor, established the Lauren McCluskey
35     Foundation to promote campus safety, and specifically the safety of women on campuses, among
36     other goals;
37          WHEREAS, the University, in order to improve campus safety, established its new
38     Center for Violence Prevention, among other initiatives;
39          WHEREAS, on October 21, 2020, the parties, mutually desiring to resolve all litigation
40     between them fully and finally, signed a Settlement Agreement establishing the following;
41          WHEREAS, the defendants agreed to pay the plaintiffs a settlement of $10,500,000 no
42     later than March 31, 2021;
43          WHEREAS, the University agreed to make a charitable donation to the Lauren
44     McCluskey Foundation of $3,000,000 no later than March 31, 2021;
45          WHEREAS, the parties agreed that this donation and any earnings on it will be used
46     exclusively to support the campus safety charitable activities of the Lauren McCluskey
47     Foundation and no other purpose, including without limitation any political action;
48          WHEREAS, the University agrees to construct a new Athletics Department facility with
49     an indoor track suitable for a Track & Field team to practice, compete, and host competitions,
50     and that this facility will either bear the name of Lauren McCluskey or jointly the name of Lauren
51     McCluskey and the name of a major donor to the construction of the building, no later than
52     December 31, 2030;
53          WHEREAS, the plaintiffs acknowledge that the University's success in raising
54     philanthropic funds to complete the Athletics Department facility will depend in large part on the
55     plaintiff's participation in and support of these efforts;
56          WHEREAS, should the University be unsuccessful, despite its best and good faith
57     efforts, in raising philanthropic funds to complete the Athletics Department facility by December
58     31, 2030, the University will make an additional donation to the Lauren McCluskey Foundation
59     of $3,000,000;
60          WHEREAS, the University agrees to name its Center for Violence Prevention the

61     "McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention," in perpetuity for the life of the center;
62          WHEREAS, within 15 days of receiving the settlement and donation, the plaintiffs agree
63     to file all documents required and take all action necessary for dismissal with prejudice of the
64     aforementioned cases, and furthermore, upon these payments, to release the State of Utah, its
65     Board and Commissioner of Higher Education, the University of Utah, its trustees and
66     independent reviewers, and their agents, their insurers, their current and former employees, and
67     all parties to the Litigation, in their official capacities and individually, from all grievances,
68     complaints, claims, or costs of any kind, including attorney fees, that the plaintiffs had, now
69     have, or may have in the future in connection with events causing damages of any kind relating in
70     any way to Lauren, and any other matter known or unknown including, without limitation, claims
71     under any governing policy, rule, regulation or federal or state law;
72          WHEREAS, pursuant to Utah Code Section 63G-10-202, litigation settlements which
73     will cost government entities more than $1,000,000 to implement require the Utah Legislature's
74     approval before execution; and
75          WHEREAS, after the Legislature grants approval by means of this resolution, the state
76     risk manager shall have authority to settle the above-referenced claims pursuant to Utah Code
77     Subsection 63G-10-503(5):
78          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Utah Legislature approves the
79     proposed settlement agreement for McCluskey v. Utah, Civil No. 2:19-cv-00449-HCN-JCB, and
80     McCluskey v. Utah, Civil No. 200903724.