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Two students sue Lander Univ. after sexually assaulted on campus

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Two college students who were sexually assaulted on campus are now suing Lander University.

Last March, two men broke into an apartment at the Bearcat Village with semi-automatic handguns. Police said they forced three women to perform sex acts and one of the women said she was raped.

Two former Presbyterian College football players, Bobby Henderson and Cameron Jones, were sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

Now, nearly a year and a half later, two of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming its lack of protection on campus lead to serious physical and mental pain.

Of the night back in March 2012, the lawsuit claims the school wasn't the "safe," "respectful" or "non-threatening" environment it said it would be in its student handbook.

The lawsuit said the university was negligent to allow for a situation that let two strangers, non-students, into the dorm in the first place. It said the doors should have been locked and that the resident assistant should not have been in a position to let Henderson and Jones in to the hallways.

The suit claims the school knew the resident assistant (RA) who had authority at the building had been reckless with his responsibility before.

The school declined comment about the lawsuit in particular, but when it comes to safety on campus nowadays, Vice President of Student Affairs Randy Bouknight said the campus is safe. He said since the incident in March 2012, the school has put a major focus on education.

"You can do so much, and still it can't prevent anything," Bouknight admits, but said they are working to do just that with top-notch campus police.

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