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Lists naming alleged rapists appear on Columbia campus

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A night before the last day of final exams, the buzz on Columbia's campus is about much more than just books. This week, fliers appeared inside university bathrooms listing the names of four male students described as rapists.

The fliers appeared after the same names were written on the walls of a few bathrooms and later removed, according to the Columbia Spectator.

Students we spoke with didn't know who wrote the names, but speculated that the actions are part of a larger frustration on campus.

In April, with the backing of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, 23 Columbia and Barnard students filed a federal complaint about the handling of alleged sexual assaults on campus.

The university issued the following statement to Fox 5: "The University is mindful of the multiple federal laws that govern these matters and provide important protections to survivors of sexual violence and to students engaged in our investigative process. These laws and our constitutional values do not permit us to silence debate on the difficult issues being discussed."

Columbia also presented an action plan including better resources for victims and enhanced training during student orientation, and more. The university also created a new administrator position, the executive vice president for student affairs, whose job will include being responsible for these resources.

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