Suit Says College Allows Alleged Rapist to Withdraw

October 9, 2014

Virginia Wesleyan College allowed a student accused of sexual assault to voluntarily withdraw from the institution so that he could attend college elsewhere, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The student was originally dismissed after the college found him to have sexually assaulted another student, but the college later decided to allow him to withdraw instead, which "may assist him in seeking further studies," according to a letter written by the college's vice president that was included in a lawsuit filed by the victim. The woman, who said she was raped for five hours in 2012, is suing the university for $10 million.

"While the college sympathizes with Jane Doe, Virginia Wesleyan denies any allegation of improper conduct and will vigorously defend this lawsuit," Mark C. Nanavati, Wesleyan's lawyer, stated. "The safety of the college's students is of paramount importance and something Virginia Wesleyan strives to accomplish on a daily basis."

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