Columbia Settles With Student Accused of Rape
Paul Nungesser was cleared, harassed after accuser carried mattress on campus for year
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2017 9:02 AM CDT
In this 2014 photo, Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz poses with a mattress in her studio as a performance art piece about her experience and the school's response after she accused student Paul...   (Damon Winter/The New York Times via AP)

(Newser) – The Columbia University student very publicly accused of rape by a fellow student who carried around a mattress for a year as part of a performance art project has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the university, reports the New York Times. Paul Nungesser sued Columbia a month before his 2015 graduation, alleging that by allowing Emma Sulkowicz's senior thesis about her experience to go forward, the school "became a silent bystander and then turned into an active supporter of a fellow student’s harassment campaign by institutionalizing it and heralding it."

Nungesser was cleared in Columbia's investigation. Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed, but Columbia said in a statement that it recognizes "Paul’s remaining time at Columbia became very difficult for him and not what Columbia would want any of its students to experience."

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