November 30, 2017

A USF doctoral student who says she was sexually assaulted by one of her peers claims she’s being forced to attend class with her attacker despite reports filed against him.

According to a complaint filed on behalf of Samantha Garrett, the University of South Florida violated Title IX protections by forcing Garrett to have regular contact with Andrew Thurston, her alleged attacker.

In the complaint, Garrett also claims USF tried to silence one of her professors who was concerned over their handling of the situation.

“The school’s actions come even after the results of its own investigation found evidence of non-consensual intercourse and the victim’s attacker accepted responsibility and referred to himself as ‘a monster,'” wrote Garrett’s attorney, Michael Dolce.

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