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Sexual assault lawsuit alleges Tulsa violated Title IX laws

Sexual assault lawsuit alleges Tulsa violated Title IX laws Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

A woman has filed a lawsuit against Tulsa alleging the school's handling of a sexual assault case in which she was the victim violated Title IX laws, according to a report from USA Today.

The woman, believed to be a former Tulsa student, said she she was assaulted by Patrick Swilling Jr, then a basketball player at Tulsa who has since joined the football team.

The suit, which does not name Swilling Jr. as a defendant, seeks damages and alterations to Tulsa's handling of sexual assault cases. Criminal charges were not filed against Swilling in the alleged assault, and the university in April cleared him of any violations of the student code of conduct.

Swilling was suspended in February amid a university investigation into the alleged rape and did not play the rest of the season 

The suit alleges the university should have been informed of previous allegations against Swilling. Swilling was also alleged to have raped a student in 2011 at the College of Southern Idaho, a junior college he played at for a year before transferring to Tulsa. That alleged rape was not investigated, a requirement under Title IX.

The lawsuit says that three other women have alleged sexual misconduct against Swilling.

- Chris Johnson

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