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Ex-University of Arkansas student files lawsuit in rape case

Posted at 1:01 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 14:01:49-04

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A former student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the school acted with "deliberate indifference" after she reported that she was raped by another student.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the lawsuit was filed Monday. It says the university violated Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funding.

The lawsuit says the woman was a 19-year-old athlete in October 2014 when she told police and school officials that she'd been raped in her dorm room by a 23-year-old student who was a former university athlete.

The woman says the school improperly handled a campus disciplinary process and didn't adequately train people on the disciplinary panel who heard her case.

University spokesman Mark Rushing says the woman's concerns were fully investigated and comprehensively addressed in a timely manner.