SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former student alleges in a lawsuit that Drury University didn’t protect her after she was sexually assaulted in a university dorm room.
The woman also claims an official in the school’s Title IX office advised her not to file a police report after the alleged sexual assault in February 2017.
She says the same male student physically assaulted her the day after the first assault.
The Springfield News-Leader reports a university investigation concluded the male student violated the university’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy.
But he was allowed to remain on campus and for a time lived in the same dorm as the female student.
She says she left Drury after repeatedly seeing her alleged attacker.
University spokesman Mike Brothers said Wednesday the school acted with “utmost integrity” during its investigation.
Drury posted the following statement on its website:
We were notified today that Drury University has been named in a lawsuit involving a Title IX investigation that took place in 2017.
Because this is pending litigation, we cannot comment on details surrounding the case, but we want to assure you that Drury acted with the utmost integrity in investigating this incident.
We have a thorough process for investigating all Title IX allegations; one that ensures the protection of student rights and student welfare.
We take that responsibility seriously and are consistent in following a process that exercises extreme diligence.
While it is difficult to read about accusations leveled against Drury, we stand behind the people and the processes we undertook in this case.
Student safety is, always has been, and will continue to be a priority.