Court: Rape lawsuit OK'd against University of Arkansas

Court: Rape lawsuit OK'd against University of Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court says a former athlete at the University of Arkansas who reported being raped by another student can continue her lawsuit against the school.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said Wednesday that, by accepting federal dollars, the university waived immunity from lawsuits under certain federal anti-discrimination laws.

The woman says school officials acted with "deliberate indifference" after she reported the assault in 2014. The school said the perpetrator was expelled and that it assisted her after her report. An Arkansas federal judge had said the lawsuit could continue.

Attorneys general in seven states, including Arkansas' Leslie Rutledge, had sided with the school over sovereign immunity issues. Rutledge says the case was difficult for all parties and that she disagrees with the court.

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