The Philadelphia lawyers who won a $2.5 million judgment for a student who was raped during a study abroad program said the case sets precedent for responsibility of schools and colleges to provide safe accommodations for international travel.

U.S. District Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. of the District of Rhode Island issued the order and judgment Tuesday in favor of a student identified as Jane Doe following a Zoom bench trial. The judge said the Rhode Island School of Design must pay her interest and legal fees in addition to the compensatory damages award for her trauma and its continuing effect on her life.

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