The University of Massachusetts Amherst has won a $100,000 settlement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which had accused it of using its position as a medical school to unfairly pressure students for referrals for the treatment of cancer.
The settlement comes as the Department of Education and the Department for Children and Families have launched investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct by former faculty members at UMass Amherston.
The department said it is also looking into claims of abuse and retaliation against former faculty who have come forward.
UMassAmherst officials had claimed they were complying with state and federal law when they approved an expansion of the university’s cancer residency program in the late 1990s.
But the department said last month it found evidence of abuse in the program and that UMass was aware of it, but did not disclose it publicly.
The Department of Children and Family is conducting a separate probe into the treatment, which was set to begin this month.
The lawsuit was filed in February by UMass students and faculty members who said UMass violated federal and state law by allowing medical school students to obtain cancer-related services through the cancer residency programs.
A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday to consider the settlement, which the department agreed to pay the students and former staff.