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Student sues University of Idaho over response to sexual assault

The Lewiston Tribune reports today that a student has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Idaho, charging that the school failed to accommodate and protect her after a sexual assault. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court of Idaho, the victim claims that after filing a formal complaint and informing university officials of a sexual assault by another student, she received no accommodations from the school and was told that if she didn't want to face the male student in class, she could listen to audio recordings of her lectures at home, sit in the back of the classroom or move to the Boise campus.

"It's not an accommodation, it's punishment," the victim claimed in an email sent to the university's Title IX coordinator, Erin Agidius. University spokeswoman Jodi Walker said she was "unable to comment on pending litigation." You can read the Tribune’s full report here by reporter Josh Babcock.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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