WORCESTER, Mass. — Court documents show a Massachusetts college is alleging a student who was raped is partly responsible because she was drinking and chose to follow a stranger onto a rooftop.

The Boston Globe reports Worcester Polytechnic Institute made the arguments in a response to a civil lawsuit filed last year in which the victim alleges the college failed to provide a safe environment for students.

The college’s president says the legal document was prepared by an insurance carrier and wasn’t approved by the college. President Laurie Leshin says the college would never blame a victim for being raped.

The woman in the case says she was assaulted by a security guard in 2012 at a college-leased apartment building in Puerto Rico.

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