“Lawsuit: USF Ignored Student’s Fears After Sexual Assault,” Tampa Bay Times
November 30, 2017
Last November, a psychology student named Samantha Garrett told a professor at the University of South Florida that her classmate had raped her, leaving her bruised and bleeding.
The gears of the university’s student conduct system began turning. A university investigator soon found her classmate "responsible" for non-consensual sex. Instead of a formal hearing, he chose to accept sanctions.
This is where, in Garrett’s estimation, USF’s actions began to go horribly wrong.
On Thursday, the 26-year-old doctoral student filed a federal lawsuit against USF, accusing the university of empowering the man she calls her rapist while destroying her own sense of safety.