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Ex Oxford University student fails in sex attack policy bid

Elizabeth Ramsey Image copyright End Violence Against Women Coalition
Image caption Elizabeth Ramey claims Oxford University's current policy on investigating sex assaults is "leaving women at risk"

A former graduate student has failed in her bid to launch a legal challenge against Oxford University's "unlawful" sex attack policy.

Elizabeth Ramey had sought a judicial review of procedures for investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault.

She had argued the university's policy of investigating only "in extremely limited circumstances" left women at risk.

High Court judge Mr Justice Edis dismissed her appeal for the review.

Ms Ramey, who reported an assault in 2011, waived her right to anonymity to seek a judicial review.

Dismissing her application, Mr Edis said Ms Ramey, who now lives and works in the United States, had never been subject to the new policy and had not been "aggrieved by its application".

"Accordingly, she lacks standing to bring this claim," he ruled.

Ms Ramey followed the university's complaints procedure, but said there was a failure to investigate her allegation properly.

The university said its policy was in line with other higher education institutions.

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