Former Vandal athlete sues UI


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Former University of Idaho athlete Mairin Jameson filed a federal lawsuit against the university this week for its handling of her 2013 sexual assault allegations against a former UI football player.

The suit, filed Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for Idaho, seeks unspecified financial damages.

Jameson, a former Vandal diver, first went public with her story with an online post in early 2018 that detailed the alleged sexual harassment she experienced from football player Jahrie Level. Her post led to a lengthy story in the Idaho Statesman in March, which eventually led to the suspension and firing of UI athletic director Rob Spear for his handling of the matter.

Jameson’s attorney, Brook Cunningham, said the lawsuit’s two primary claims are that UI failed to follow Title IX in its handling of Jameson’s complaints and that the university created a “heightened risk” by not addressing previous complaints against Level.

“In particular, six University of Idaho officials, at least, knew about the sexual assault (of Jameson), and all of them failed to follow Title IX, which requires that they report it to the dean of students immediately,” said Cunningham, who works for Randall Danskin of Spokane.