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

(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."

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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." (Read more Emma Sulkowicz stories.)

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