Student claims Christian university banned her from campus after being reported rape

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A student has accused her Tennessee Christian College of disciplining her after she came forward to report that she had been asphyxiated and raped by a male classmate, according to a report.

Mara Louk filed a complaint against Visible Music College with the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, alleging that the college had accused her of violating school rules that prohibit premarital sex with another student, her ex-boyfriend. Louk denies the accusation that she had sexual intercourse with her ex-partner.

She said the Memphis-based college threatened to expel the now-former student if she refused to sign a confession and finish the school year online.

Mara Louk filed a complaint against Visible Music College with the US Department of Education on Wednesday.

Mara Louk filed a complaint against Visible Music College with the US Department of Education on Wednesday.
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According to court documents, school officials would also not remove her attacker from her classes because he was not arrested, and they would not open a Title IX investigation, which protects students from gender discrimination, because the reported attack was off-campus.

“I just had this feeling, why did I even say anything?” Louk told NBC News that. “That’s really how I felt for a long time, because everything seemed to get worse and worse.”

In her complaint, Louk urges the DOE to determine whether the school has violated the Clery Act, a federal campus security law that requires administrators to inform students of their rights and help options when reporting sex crimes.

Washington, DC, USA - January 12, 2021: US Department of Education Building.

Washington, DC, USA – January 12, 2021: US Department of Education Building.
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She also asked the department to evaluate whether the school discriminated against her under Title IX.

In November, a classmate not identified in the complaint came to her apartment to play board games. The indictment states that this was the first time the two had been alone together and that he sexually assaulted her that night.

Louk told a school administrator about the alleged rape the next day. She and her attacker had taken classes together and she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be harassed on campus.

In a statement, Visible said it had not received any official notice from the DOE.

“We are aware of the recent story about a former student,” the college said in a statement. “As of Friday, April 29 at 4 pm, we have not received an official complaint from the Ministry of Education and therefore cannot respond at this time with further information. However, we would like to assure everyone that we take this situation very seriously and take the matter with the utmost care, as we have been doing since the autumn of 2021.”

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Visible President Ken Steorts told NBC that the school had not seen a copy of Louk’s complaint, but that it “will cooperate with any investigation into the allegations in the complaint.”

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