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Supreme Court rules in favor of WSU in Title IX case

Court steps in after appeal of 2021 federal ruling

PULLMAN –– The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Jan. 4, that Washington State University (WSU) no longer has to protect a student who was sexually assaulted in an off-campus home despite the school’s knowledge of prior complaints made against the convicted assailant.

Five justices agreed and said that WSU had no protective custody over students and, therefore, had no duty to control decisions or actions away from the WSU campus. In addition, the justices also said that the school could neither predict nor control the perpetrator’s actions and could not be held accountable. Four justice...


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