Former Marshall University Student Appeals Assault Lawsuit

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A former Marshall University student has appealed a Title IX lawsuit accusing the school of mishandling her rape case and allowing the man accused in the attack to remain on campus.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Alicia Gonzales’ case was appealed Wednesday. Judge Robert C. Chambers dismissed the case about a month ago, saying it didn’t show the school was “deliberately indifferent.”

Gonzales says she was raped in her on-campus dorm room in 2016 by fellow student Joseph Chase Hardin, who’s now charged with sexually assaulting two other women in 2018. The 22-year-old was expelled in June after those charges were filed. The college has said it followed state and federal regulations, including issuing a no-contact order.

Hardin is currently jailed for violating probation related to his battery conviction in Gonzales’ case.