PATERSON, N.J. — The Latest on a lawsuit brought by a woman who says her daughter killed herself because a New Jersey university failed to fully investigate her sexual-assault claim (all times local):
A New Jersey university has declined to comment on a lawsuit brought by a woman who says her daughter killed herself because the university failed to fully investigate her sexual-assault claim.
William Paterson University spokeswoman Mary Beth Zeman said Tuesday the university is aware of the lawsuit but is unable to comment on any such legal matters.
She says the university is saddened by the loss of a student and will continue to focus on the safety and well-being of all its members. She notes the university offers a variety of counseling resources for students.
Marquesa Jackson-Locklear’s lawsuit alleges university officials knew about sexual violence against students but didn’t address it.
Jackson-Locklear’s 21-year-old daughter said she was raped at a fraternity house in September 2015. She hanged herself in November 2015.
A woman says in a lawsuit that her daughter killed herself because a New Jersey college failed to fully investigate a sex-assault claim.
Marquesa Jackson-Locklear filed the lawsuit against William Paterson University on Thursday. It alleges school officials knew about, but didn’t address, sexual violence against students, creating a climate in which such misconduct was tolerated.
School officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Jackson-Locklear says her 21-year-old daughter, Cherelle Jovanna Locklear, said she was raped at a fraternity house in September 2015. Locklear, a student since 2012, reported it about a month later to the school’s victim services coordinator — after trying to kill herself.
The suit claims campus police failed to properly investigate. The lawsuit says Locklear then hanged herself in November 2015.