Jury finds Sewanee negligent in campus rape suit

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury has decided for a former student who contended in a lawsuit that Sewanee: The University of The South was negligent in handling a rape accusation against him but the jurors refused to award millions of dollars in damages.

The jury in Chattanooga decided Friday to award $50,000 in compensatory damages but found the former student himself partly responsible for how the rape complaint was handled. That decision reduced the university's share of the damages to $26,500.

Attorneys for both sides left saying they were pleased.

The suit stemmed from the private, Episcopal-affiliated university dealing with a complaint by a female student who in 2008 said the plaintiff raped her after she had been drinking alcohol and was unable to consent to sex. The plaintiff said she consented.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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