A male student at Knox College was disciplined for sexual assault of two female students. In his lawsuit against the college, he argued that there were procedural deficiencies in the grievance proceeding that resulted in his discipline, such as not being able to present all exculpatory evidence or cross-examine one of his accusers who did not attend the hearing.
Without deciding whether the alleged procedural deficiencies constituted violations of state law (claims over which the court had no jurisdiction),the court dismissed the plaintiff’s Title IX claim due to the plaintiff’s failure to allege specific facts that support a conclusion that the university intentionally deprived the plaintiff of procedural rights because of his sex.
Attorneys: Jim Rochford, Timothy P. Cushing, Jim Rochford & Associates Law Firm
Ludlow v. Northwestern University et al Case No. 1:2014-cv-04614
Philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow sued Northwestern and top University officials for defamation, gender discrimination and invasion of privacy.
The University acted “with malice and with reckless indifference” toward Ludlow’s rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, according to the suit. Ludlow named University President Morton Schapiro and an NU graduate student as defendants in the suit which was filed in June 2014.
In addition to his allegations against NU, Ludlow denied reports that he had non-consensual sex with a philosophy graduate student while they were in a relationship.