Student says Providence College failed to protect her from ‘predator’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Providence College sophomore says in a lawsuit the school failed to investigate and protect her from being sexually harassed and assaulted by a male student she calls a “predator.”

The Providence Journal reports that the sophomore from Fairfax, Virginia, who is on medical leave, says in the federal suit the college discriminated against her in violation of Title IX by allowing the male student to repeatedly harass her and other women.

She alleges he sexually touched her, followed her, and violated a no-contact order and despite her complaints the school took no action against him.

She seeks unspecified damages for pain and suffering and damage to her educational career.

The college is seeking to have the suit dismissed, and disputes the plaintiff’s characterizations of its actions and responses.

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