Sexual Assault Victim Sues Wesleyan U., Fraternity

Published: October 9, 2012

MIDDLETOWN, N.H. — A former Wesleyan University student, who was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party two years ago, has filed a federal lawsuit against the university for failing to take adequate measures to prevent the assault.

The lawsuit, which also names both the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Mu Epsilon chapter, as as defendants, claims Wesleyan University violated federal gender-equity law Title IX, reports The Middletown Press.

The 27-page lawsuit states that the university alerted students of the dangers of the off-campus Beta Theta Pi house in a March 2010 E-mail, following several instances of underage drinking. However, the victim, known as Jane Doe, did not receive the warning and was unaware of the university’s recommendations because she started attending the school in the fall of 2010.

The day after the incident, the plaintiff reported the assault to her dorm resident advisor, who failed to contact police, public safety officials or university administration. The lawsuit also claims that Jane Doe was the target of harassment by students protesting subsequent sanctions taken against the fraternity.

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The victim seeks unspecified damages.

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