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Queens University settles case brought by former student who was raped on campus


A former Queens University student who was raped in her sleep on campus has settled her lawsuit against the university.

The student, whose name is being withheld due to the nature of the incident, filed a lawsuit against Queens University this spring claiming school administrators did not provide her adequate assistance after she reported being raped in late April 2012.

Police documents obtained by On Your Side Investigates show a lacrosse player at the school admitted to raping the student.

Gianmarino Gianfrate was charged with felony second degree rape and felony second degree sex offense but prosecutors later reduced the charges to one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. Gianfrate pleaded guilty to the lesser charge, court records show.

An On Your Side investigation raised questions over how Queens University Campus Police handled the investigation into the case.

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A spokeswoman for Queens University has previously declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the ongoing court case, but said the university is committed to adhering to two federal laws known as the Clery Act and Title IX, which govern how schools report and respond to crimes reported on campus.

“We are deeply committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all of our students,” university spokeswoman Rebecca Anderson said in July.

A request for comment on the case’s dismissal had not been returned by press time.

An attorney for the former student said she was not able to comment on the settlement of the case.

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