Suit: School expelled student after reporting sexual assault

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A former student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, is suing the school over allegations that it was reckless and negligent when an administrator expelled her hours after she reported being sexually assaulted in October 2019.

The student, referred to in the complaint as Jane Roe, told Furman police in October 2019 that a Furman University football player had given her alcohol and marijuana and later had sex with her without her consent, the Greenville News reported.

The lawsuit was filed in state court Wednesday. The suit alleges the football player gave her alcohol and marijuana at a party and later had sex with her without her consent.

Deneen Lawson, Bob Jones University’s Dean of Women, proceeded to expel Roe because she consumed alcohol, the suit claims. The school prohibits students from consuming alcohol on or off campus.

The suit also names Furman University as a defendant. Both schools declined to comment on the specifics of the case to the newspaper.

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