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NU says it disciplined prof in sex case

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Northwestern University says — in responding to a student's federal court suit — that it did discipline a professor she claims sexually harassed her.

The school, in a 24-page answer filed Friday to the student's complaint, says that it denied Peter Ludlow a raise for the 2012-2013 academic year and rescinded his appointment to an endowed professorship.

The school says it also, among other steps, required Ludlow to complete a sensitivity/harassment-prevention training program, prohibited him from any future dating, romantic, or sexual relationship with any NU student and barred him from any future contact with or retaliation toward the plaintiff.

And it threatened him with possible termination for any future violations.

The university also denies the claim in the plaintiff's complaint that a university committee had recommended that Ludlow be terminated.

And it says it paid the student's out-of-pocket medical bills for treatment after the incident and provided the student with extensive assistance through the Dean of Students office in adjusting her class schedule as she sought treatment after the incident.

The school says that because it did respond appropriately to the report of sexual harassment, the student's suit against it should be dismissed.

Update 2/27/14 11:30 a.m.: The student now has filed a separate suit against Ludlow, claiming his actions violated the 2004 Illinois Gender Violence Act.

Update 3/8/13 9:15 a.m.: Ludlow responds to student's suit, claims she was the sexual aggressor.

Update 3/13/14 12:15 p.m.: University president says Ludlow won't teach spring quarter.

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