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Student sues NU over alleged sex assault by prof

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A Northwestern University student has sued the school, claiming it failed to respond appropriately after she reported she'd been sexually assaulted by a professor.

The student, now a junior in the Medill School of Journalism, says in her federal court suit that she was assaulted two years ago by Peter Ludlow, a tenured professor of moral and intellectual philosophy, after he persuaded her to attend an art event with him in Chicago.

She claims he got her drunk and though she repeatedly asked him to take her back to campus, she awoke the next morning in his bed in his Chicago apartment.

She says she reported the incident to university officials and a review committee recommended that the professor be terminated, but he remains on the NU faculty.

Ludlow, 57, who is not named as a defendant in the case, has, through his attorney, denied all the allegations claimed in the suit.

The university last month revised its sexual misconduct policy to explicitly prohibit any "romantic, dating or sexual relationship" between faculty members and undergraduate students.

Ludlow reportedly has accepted a senior faculty position at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Update 10:45 a.m. 2/12/14: The Daily Northwestern reports that Rutgers officials now say they are reevaluating Ludlow's candidacy for the job there, and courses Ludlow was scheduled to teach spring quarter at NU have been pulled from listings by the philosophy department.

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