WVU Pays Settlement In Mishandled Rape Report

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Federal court documents show West Virginia University has agreed to pay a former student $100,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming it mishandled her report of being raped at an off-campus residence.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the university agreed last month to pay the woman to drop the case. The lawsuit alleged violations of Title IX, the federal law pertaining to sexual assault investigations.

According to the lawsuit, the woman told police and university investigators about the 2014 incident. The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

A school investigator prepared a report for a student conduct board, which later determined Nathan Nkwaya, the alleged attacker, was not responsible for sexual misconduct and could remain in school.

Nkwaya later pleaded guilty to criminal charges of battery and unlawful restraint and was sentenced to one year in jail.