Student who reported raped on campus sues Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State University student believes the school is retaliating against her after she reported that she was raped by a football player.
The female student filed a lawsuit against the university this week after it imposed a mutual no contact order against her and the football player, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported .
Lawyers at Portland law firm Maloney Lauersdorf & Reiner, PC. are representing the plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe.
The order against the student and her alleged attacker, Jordan Pace, limits Jane Doe’s access to campus, which the plaintiff sees as a form of discrimination and retaliation, the lawsuit states.
“Through this order, and under threat of disciplinary action, OSU has limited and continues to limit Ms. Doe’s access to educational opportunities and benefits on campus if and when Pace is present, which is counter to her rights under Title IX,” the lawsuit states.
Portland attorney Naomi Levelle Haslitt is representing the university.
A court docket shows the university has not filed a response to the complaint.
The school issued the order to protect both parties during the investigation and resolution process, said Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing, to ensure that they both have equal access to the educational programs and services at the school.
Prosecutors filed rape charges against Pace in November.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The case is pending and a trial is scheduled for October.
Jane Doe’s parents reported the alleged rape to the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access in May 2017, the lawsuit states.
An employee with the office has said that mutual no contact orders are common and are not considered disciplinary, the lawsuit states.
Under the order, Jane Doe is prohibited from speaking to government officials and others about Pace, according to the lawsuit.
“This limitation is both absurd and offensive given that Ms. Doe is actively involved with law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office in preparing for the criminal trial against Pace for his alleged crimes against her,” the lawsuit states.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com