Lawsuit involving former University of Central Oklahoma debate coach settled out of court

A group of 12 former University of Central Oklahoma employees and students brought the suit against former UCO debate coach Eric Marlow, alleging he sexually harassed a female student, used drugs in the classroom and intimidated debate team members and coaches.
by Silas Allen Published: September 1, 2012
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— A sexual harassment lawsuit involving a former University of Central Oklahoma debate coach was settled out of court this week.

A group of 12 former UCO employees and students brought the suit against former UCO debate coach Eric Marlow, alleging he sexually harassed a female student, used drugs in the classroom and intimidated debate team members and coaches.

The suit also names the university, College of Liberal Arts Dean Pamela Washington and the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges, now called the Regional University System of Oklahoma.

The suit, filed in federal court in Oklahoma City, alleges Marlow, 45, pressured a female student to have sex with him and gave her drugs and alcohol beginning in 2009. The lawsuit was settled Monday, according to court records.

Terms of the settlement weren't released. UCO spokeswoman Adrienne Nobles wouldn't give details of the agreement, citing a nondisclosure statement attached to the settlement.

Marlow no longer works at UCO. He was employed at the university through Dec. 31, 2010, Nobles said. She wouldn't give further details about his employment at the university, including records of disciplinary actions.

Oklahoma open records law requires that public bodies disclose all records of disciplinary actions resulting in loss of pay, suspension, demotion or termination. The Oklahoman filed an open records request for those documents Friday. The request is pending.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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