William Paterson University settles for $800K in suit over rape allegations

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The family of a William Paterson University student who took her own life after alleging she was raped at a fraternity has settled a lawsuit against the school for $800,000.

Cherelle Locklear's mother alleged the university failed to adequately investigate the rape claims in 2015 and didn't question or discipline her alleged attacker.

Locklear hung herself in a dormitory bathroom in November 2015 after the alleged rape at the Sigma Pi fraternity.

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The lawsuit alleged negligence, infliction of emotional distress and a violation of Title IX, the federal law protecting people at institutions receiving federal funds.

Under the terms of the settlement, the university admitted no wrongdoing.

An attorney representing Locklear's estate said a separate, confidential settlement was reached with the fraternity and didn't disclose details.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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