According to the complaint filed in federal court in MI on Monday, the woman was allegedly raped by three basketball players one week after the team's Final Four loss to Duke in 2015. The woman claims she was thrown face down on the bed where the three players took turns raping her.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Southern Division alleges the Michigan State University Counseling Center did not advise or inform the woman of all the possible legal or medical resources available to her after she informed a counselor of the alleged incident, according to the Free Press. The woman was crying and could not speak, her lawsuit claims, and she did not consent to the activity.
Former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was recently convicted of sexual abuse, was a longtime employee at MSU.
An MSU spokeswoman told the Detroit News that the school does not comment on pending litigation.
Later that year, a woman claimed Michigan State basketball players Keith Appling and Adreian Payne sexually assaulted her in a dorm room. She accepted. He introduced her to teammates.
According to the lawsuit, the MSUCC staff made it clear that the woman faced an uphill battle that would create anxiety and unwanted social media attention if she notified the police.
"If you pursue this, you are going to be swimming with some really big fish", an MSU counselor allegedly told the victim, according to the lawsuit.
She was told it had happened with many other female students who were sexually assaulted by athletes, the lawsuit says.
The counseling center staff referred the woman to the school's sexual assault program. The staff also did not notify the alleged victim her option to report the rapes to the Office of Institutional Equity, OIE, nor did they notify her of her Title IX rights, protections and accommodations.
A Michigan State spokesperson said the school doesn't have a comment.
After midnight the three basketball players entered the bar.
After leaving the university in 2015, the woman changed majors and returned to MSU in January 2016.
One week later she reported it to the MSU Counseling Center - which she claims told her they have seen a lot of these cases with "guys with big names" and the best thing to do is to " just get yourself better".
ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' did a detailed report on Michigan State University's culture earlier this year and stated that the University deliberately turned a blind eye to complaints regarding sexual misconduct and sexual assault.
The lawsuit states the student became so traumatized and depressed by that exchange, she dropped out of MSU even explaining to officials she had been raped and had been suffering emotionally ever since.
A female student is taking her story to the courts, accusing the university of denying her of her Title IX rights and discouraging her from going to the police about an alleged rape committed by three MSU basketball players.
The lawsuit alleges that the university has a practice of silencing victims who have accused male athletes of sexual assault, and has thus created a culture that has "emboldened male athletes and has given them unwritten permission to commit acts of sexual assault without outcome", according to Reuters.