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Lawsuit over UW-Parkside assault moves forward


MADISON (AP) -- A judge says a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside over its handling of an alleged sexual assault can move forward.

A woman who claims she was assaulted in her dorm room in 2008 by a residence hall advisor filed the lawsuit. She claims she was forced to drop out of school as a result.

The lawsuit names the alleged assailant and also accuses the university of discrimination and violating her civil rights in its response.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence denied the university's motion to dismiss her claim filed under the federal law known as "title 9."

Representing the university, the Board of Regents argued one assault wasn't enough to support a claim but Gorence disagreed. She says the woman's allegations could show "deliberate indifference" by officials if proven.

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