The Latest: Old Dominion: 'zero tolerance' for sex assault
Posted October 13
RICHMOND, Va. — The Latest on a federal complaint filed by an Old Dominion University student who reported that she was raped in her dorm room in 2014 (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Old Dominion University says it is committed to treating victims of sexual assault with "care, professionalism and respect."
Giovanna Genard confirmed in a statement Thursday that the university has received a federal complaint alleging that school mishandled a student's rape case in 2014.
The complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education accuses campus police of preventing the woman from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours.
Genard said the school has "zero tolerance" for sexual assault. She said the university cannot comment further "due to the legal nature of the claim."
An Old Dominion University student who reported she was raped in her dorm room is charging that campus police prevented her from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours.
Her complaint to federal education officials about the October 2014 episode also says she was not given written information about her right to seek a protective order against the person she said attacked her, among other things. It accuses school officials of mishandling the case.
The complaint was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education. The woman was not identified in the complaint.
University officials did not respond to phone or email messages seeking comment Thursday. Old Dominion is a public university with about 25,000 students in Norfolk.