Benoit Settlement Includes Policy Prohibiting Student-Faculty Relationships


While the specific monetary amount was not disclosed, the University of Idaho and the family of a slain college student released a joint statement Thursday, again confirming a settlement regarding the coed's murder.

The Boise family of Katy Benoit had filed a $3 million tort claim against the U of I in the wake of Benoit's killing by Ernesto Bustamante in August 2011. It was learned after the tragic incident that Bustamante, a former professor of Benoit, had a violent and compulsive relationship with the 22-year-old student. Following Benoit's murder, Bustamante later took his own life.

The Benoit family, while not saying how much money would be part of the settlement, announced it would donate all of the settlement proceeds to charitable causes, through the katy Benoit Memorial Fund, established through the Idaho Community Foundation.

Additionally, the university said new policies were in place prohibiting student-faculty relationships, in addition to new reporting requirements for inappropriate activity occuring on campus, and improved sexual harassment training.