Ex-Student: Marshall Mishandled Sexual Assault Investigation

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former student at Marshall University in West Virginia says the school mishandled the investigation into her sexual assault in 2016.

News outlets report a lawsuit filed Monday against Marshall’s Board of Governors argues Marshall violated Title IX, related regulations and its own policy.

The lawsuit says she repeatedly told a male student to stop assaulting her and that a witness corroborated those statements. It says Marshall didn’t follow Title IX’s requirement to protect complainants before an investigation’s final outcome.

According to the lawsuit, Marshall’s student conduct director said the student was found not responsible and wouldn’t face sanctions from Marshall. It says there had been no hearing, despite a requirement for one.

University Communications Director Leah Payne says Marshall will defend itself and expects to prevail in the case.