Lawyers for Columbia University have moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a student who claimed the school ignored her rape claims.
Amelia Roskin-Frazee claimed in March that she was sexually assaulted twice in 2015 in her dorm room during her freshman year — but the school failed to protect her or find her attacker, her lawsuit says.
In court papers filed June 5, the school claims it thoroughly investigated her allegations, even though she waited nearly a year to come forward.
“Not only did she wait nearly a year to report the underlying incidents, but she also did not provide any information that would have allowed Columbia to identify her alleged assailant,” the lawyers write. “She repeatedly indicated that she did not want to report the incidents nor did she want the University to investigate them.”
The college’s motion goes on to say she “therefore does not and cannot plausibly allege that Columbia was ‘deliberately indifferent.’ ”
Roskin-Frazee, who gave permission for her name to be used, initially reported the Oct. 5, 2015, and Dec. 14, 2015, incidents in August 2016.
She said the attacker was another Columbia student, but she didn’t know his name and could only vaguely describe him, the school’s court papers show. Columbia spokesman Robert Hornsby declined to comment on ongoing litigation.
Roskin-Frazee’s lawyer, Irwin Myron Zalkin, said Columbia knew about her allegations soon after the October 2015 incident, yet chose not to do anything because she hadn’t made an “official” report.