Lawsuit over sex assault investigation at Marshall settled

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit over how Marshall University handled an investigation into a sexual assault has been settled.
A former student sued the West Virginia school last year, arguing that Marshall violated Title IX, related regulations and its own policy. The lawsuit said the woman 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. It says there had been no hearing, despite a requirement for one.
The Herald-Dispatch reports the school never filed a response to the lawsuit, and university spokeswoman Leah Payne declined to comment on the litigation, including the amount of the settlement.
Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com