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MSU students: 'Victim of university' after sexual assault

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Emily Kollaritsch said she expected to have a great experience at Michigan State, but that was shattered by another student.

"I don't want any survivor to ever feel what I've gone through," Kollaritsch said.

She said she was sexually assaulted by a classmate.

When she finally found the courage to speak up, she said the university's handling of it was a failure.

"The way MSU handles sexual assault, stalking, rape, abuse, is not going to change," Kollaritsch said.

Kollaritsch joined three other Michigan State students who said they feel their assault cases also fell on deaf ears.

On Wednesday, the women filed a federal lawsuit against the university and some of its leaders, including university President Lou Anna K. Simon.

The suit claims the school took too long investigating the complaints and the negligence violated the women's civil rights.

"You never think you'll be a victim of your own university, but I am," Shayna Gross said.

The lawsuit claims that it took eight months to complete Gross's assault investigation.

The man she said assaulted her faced expulsion, but an outside law firm hired by the university concluded it could not prove the assault was non-consensual.

This person is allegedly the same man who assaulted Kollaritsch just two years earlier.

"MSU's investigation process has caused me harm and delivered me absolutely no justice," Gross said.

The women said they hope the lawsuit will give them justice, but more importantly, improve the handling of sexual assault cases in the future.

"MSU has so much more to do," Kollaritsch said.

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