Columbia University settles gender bias suit by man in “Mattress Girl” accusations

NEW YORK — Columbia University has settled a gender bias lawsuit brought by a male student who said the school failed to protect him when a female student called him a rapist and carried a mattress around campus to dramatize her pain. 

The university said in a statement that it settled the lawsuit Paul Nungesser filed in 2015. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The school said it stands by its finding that Nungesser was not responsible for any misconduct with a fellow student.

“Columbia recognizes that after the conclusion of the investigation, Paul’s remaining time at Columbia became very difficult for him and not what Columbia would want any of its students to experience,” the school said.

Emma Sulkowicz (L), a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress, with the help of three strangers who met her moments before, in protest of the university’s lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year on September 5, 2014 in New York City.

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“Columbia will continue to review and update its policies toward ensuring that every student – accuser and accused, including those like Paul who are found not responsible – is treated respectfully and as a full member of the Columbia community,” Columbia said.

Nungesser had sued Columbia, saying it failed to protect him when Emma Sulkowitz accused him of raping her and carried a mattress around campus in a high-profile protest against sexual abuse.

A federal appeals court Monday let both sides withdraw an appeal of a judge’s order tossing out Nungesser’s lawsuit.

Lawyers for Nungesser did not respond to messages seeking comment Saturday.

Sulkowitz alleged that Nungesser raped her in her dorm room in 2012 but he was cleared by a university inquiry into the allegations.

Sulkowitz protested Columbia’s handling of her complaint by carrying a…

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