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OHSU settles sexual assault lawsuit involving ‘TikTok doc’

Oregon Health & Science University has settled a sexual assault lawsuit against the hospital and one of its former doctors.

A female employee filed a federal lawsuit earlier this year against Jason Campbell, a former anesthesiology resident at OHSU also known as the “TikTok Doc” for posting dance videos that went viral. The lawsuit included OHSU and said multiple OHSU employees violated mandatory reporting rules by not properly filing complaints about the allegations against Campbell. The woman also said she faced retaliation for reporting sexual misconduct.

Previously, OHSU Executive Vice President Connie Seeley had said that school leaders believed the woman was sexually assaulted and that they moved to terminate Campbell, who ended up resigning.

But OHSU denied the plaintiff’s accusations that university employees did not adequately respond to sexual misconduct allegations. It also said the employees mentioned in the lawsuit were not “mandatory reporters” under the federal law known as Title IX.

On Tuesday, the university announced a $585,000 settlement in the lawsuit. School leaders apologized to the plaintiff and recognized “the need to address systemic structures that allow inappropriate and damaging behavior to exist.”

The university has hired an outside law firm to investigate complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and racism at the school and hospital.

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