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"Rapists on Campus" List Keeps Reappearing at Columbia University

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People walk on the Columbia University campus on July 1, 2013 in New York City.Mario Tama / Getty Images file

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The names of four male Columbia University students are repeatedly appearing on bathroom walls and on fliers at the campus by someone alleging they are "sexual assault violators on campus."

The list first appeared last week, according to The New York Times. It was removed, but has since be redrawn on walls in other women's bathrooms, and handed out on fliers headlined "Rapists on Campus."

The fliers say the school has found the men "responsible" for sexual assault.

A group of students filed complaints with the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights last month alleging the school has mishandled claims of sexual assault. The students alleged that school officials tell students who file claims that they can't talk about their cases outside campus.

It's not known if the two are related.

The university said Thursday that "graffiti is routinely removed by facilities staff," and said it had no further comment "on the particulars of disciplinary proceedings regarding sexual misconduct."

Students had mixed opinions of the vigilante campaign.

"I think it's good that the females are attempting to get a voice here, and I think hopefully the administration does what it needs to do to address the problem," said one female student.

A male student told NBC 4 New York he understood the frustrations, but said "I just think there's other ways to handle it."

The names of four male Columbia University students are repeatedly appearing on bathroom walls and on fliers at the campus by someone alleging they are "sexual assault violators on campus."
The names of four male Columbia University students are repeatedly appearing on bathroom walls and on fliers at the campus by someone alleging they are "sexual assault violators on campus."Bwog
The names of four male Columbia University students are repeatedly appearing on bathroom walls and on fliers at the campus by someone alleging they are "sexual assault violators on campus."
The names of four male Columbia University students are repeatedly appearing on bathroom walls and on fliers at the campus by someone alleging they are "sexual assault violators on campus."Bwog

--Michael George contributed to this story

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