A former university student who says she was raped in an alleyway during an alcohol-fuelled college event was blamed for the sexual assault when she reported it, court documents allege.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is suing Australian National University college John XXIII over the alleged rape. She was also initially suing the college's residents association, but reached a consent judgment with it on Tuesday.
A statement of claim filed in the ACT Supreme Court said the woman was raped at a John XXIII event called "pub golf". The annual tradition allegedly saw student leaders tape bottles of alcohol to the hands of participants, who would have to drink a certain amount to make "par".
The court documents said pub golf was one of many events the college's residents association arranged. The other events included "penis peninsula", "tour de capital" and "kill a keg".
"By 8.30pm on [August 6, 2015], the college hallways, rooms and bathrooms were covered in vomit," the statement of claim said.
"Between 8.30pm and about 9pm ... [a] participant in the pub golf event became so ill ... that an ambulance was called to take [them] to hospital."
The woman alleged that later the same night, or in the early hours of the next morning, she and other pub golf participants arrived at Mooseheads in Canberra city - the event's last designated venue.
The court documents said a male student raped the woman in an alleyway near the club.
"The plaintiff was so intoxicated at the time of the sexual intercourse that she was not capable of giving her consent to it," the statement of claim said.
The woman had no recollection of the assault, but the man told her days later he'd had sex with her at the pub golf event. Court documents said he later retracted the admission in meetings with the college.
When the woman reported the rape to a person at John XXIII, court documents said the person told her they "didn't want a situation where a girl were to make a false accusation" and they were to act on it without evidence.
The documents said the person at the college expressed concern at how the woman had "managed to get that drunk", and said they weren't sure anything did actually happen in the alleyway.
In the statement of claim, the woman's lawyers said the college had blamed her for the sexual assault, failed to give her appropriate psychological advice after it, and failed to report the alleged incident to police.
In rebuttal, John XXIII said the woman rejected its offer of counselling, and "she was at liberty to report the alleged incident to police". The college said it banned the pub golf event before it happened in 2015, but the residents association went ahead with it anyway.
"[The residents association] went to considerable lengths to prevent the event coming to the attention of the college," John XXIII's defence said.
The college largely rejected the woman's version of events.
Her lawyers said John XXIII had breached its duty of care to the woman with its handling of the incident, and by letting the pub golf go ahead in the first place.
On Tuesday, the residents association also reached a consent judgment with John XXIII. The college and the association previously had cross-claims against each other.
The residents association will play no further part in the civil case and its lawyers were allowed to leave the court on Tuesday.