Former Student Sues Texas Christian Over Alleged Rape

Student says school was negligent before and after alleged incident.

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A former Texas Christian University student who accused three student athletes of sexually assaulting her in 2006 is suing the school, alleging officials did not protect her from the assault, did not provide adequate support afterward, and also tried to cover up the incident, the Daily Skiff reports.

The former student, identified only as K.S., 18 at the time, said in her court petition that a university official "urged her not to report the drugging and gang-rape" and accused the school of "knowingly and/or negligently recruiting athletes with known histories of sexual misconduct and criminal misbehavior." It has been previously reported that one of the accused athletes had previously pleaded guilty to an earlier assault charge.

The university declined to directly comment on the suit to the Skiff, but E-mailed this statement:

"The university provided emotional support and assistance to the student through its Victim's Advocate program, and took prompt disciplinary action by removing and ultimately permanently separating from TCU the students accused of the alleged assault."

The list of defendants includes the school's chancellor, provost, sexual harassment officer, and head football and basketball coaches, as well as the three student athletes. The three had been arrested in relation to the alleged incident, but prosecutors later dropped the charges, citing insufficient evidence.