Jessica Dorrell agreed not to sue Arkansas
It was natural to figure that when Jessica Dorrell agreed to a $14,000 settlement with the University of Arkansas for her role in the Bobby Petrino scandal, she was surrendering her right to sue the school. Turns out that was the case.
Dorrell’s resignation agreement is 14 pages long and specifically states that she cannot sue the school, and that she must speak positively about the breakup between the two parties.
Here is the exact language from the agreement, according to Arkansas News:
The agreement says there is a “convenant [sic] not to sue” and Arkansas is not responsible for paying Dorrell’s legal fees.
“In the even [sic] Ms. Dorrell is asked about her employment and resignation at the University, Ms. Dorrell covenants and agrees to state that any and all disputes were resolved amicably or words of a similar effect,” the agreement says.
“Ms. Dorrell covenants and agrees not to undertake any activity to profit off the events relating to or leading to her employment and resignation from the University of Arkansas or the events giving rise to this Agreement.”
This is a significant detail concerning the scandal because Dorrell has a legitimate sexual harassment claim she could make against the school. Thinking outside the box for a second, the agreement wouldn’t prevent Dorrell from suing Petrino individually. However, it seems like Dorrell is hoping this will go away so she can get her life back, so a lawsuit wouldn’t really make sense for her.
On the downside, so much for the book deal and Playboy spread everyone was envisioning.