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Beta Theta Pi and Psi Upsilon et al

Jane Doe v. Beta Theta Pi and Wesleyan University

School Violence Law represented a college freshman who was raped at a fraternity house in federal lawsuit against the fraternity and college. The lawsuit was filed using a pseudonym – “Jane Doe” – to protect her confidentiality. Jane alleged that the fraternity had been the scene of a prior sexual assault and dangerous misconduct, and had developed, unknown to her at the time, a reputation for being a “rape factory.” During the semester preceding her enrollment, the university had warned students to stay away from the fraternity because their safety could not be ensured. Jane was not a student at the time and was unaware of the warning. The lawsuit was resolved prior to trial on confidential terms.

Chamberlin v. Psi Upsilon et al.

School Violence Law represented a college freshman who was raped during a pledge strip show at the Psi U fraternity house. In a federal lawsuit, Ms. Chamberlin alleged, among other things, that the fraternity chapter created a dangerous, unsupervised sexually charged environment in the fraternity house, causing her to be raped at the fraternity event as she was attempting to leave. The claims against the fraternity settled on confidential terms.

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