Virginia Wesleyan students voice their opinions about pending rape lawsuit

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 14:47:33-04

Norfolk, Va. - Tweets from the Virginia Wesleyan campus newspaper, the Marlin Chronicle, show students packed into the library to hear from the college's leaders, and to express their voices, too.

The school has been embroiled for weeks now in a $10 million lawsuit allegingthat in 2012, a freshman was drugged at a party, a party hosted by a student called a "peer advisor." That freshman says a member of the lacrosse team then followed her to a dorm and raped her.

The lawsuit says the college initially expelled the lacrosse player, but in a letter to the victim later, administrators said they had reconsidered. They changed expelled to withdrawn, so the athlete could enroll in another university.

The suit says -- and NewsChannel 3 research confirms -- the college has among the state's highest per-capita rate of sexual assaults and liquor-law violations. That, according to the lawsuit, means this rape was not an isolated event.

College administrators did not return our calls about today's meeting with the students. A member of the college newspaper staff said the guidelines for this dialogue with students prohibit anyone from revealing what was said to anyone outside the school.

Court Documents:

Virginia Wesleyan College Third Party Complaint

Virginia Wesleyan College Answer

Virginia Wesleyan College Demurrer

Virginia Wesleyan College Motion for Bill of Particulars

Virginia Wesleyan College Motion to Transfer Venire


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