Former students’ lawsuit against Dartmouth may go to trial
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a former student’s lawsuit against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for what he calls “constructive expulsion” can proceed to trial.
Fifty-five-year-old John Harnois alleges the university created a “bogus misconduct allegation” and “similar witch-hunt sexual misconduct investigation” after administrators discovered a felony he claims to have previously disclosed to the director of graduate studies and admissions.
The university said in a statement that the case is based on “a very low legal standard regarding burden of proof.”
The Standard-Times reports that Harnois will be allowed to pursue eight of the 19 filed counts including due process, free speech, defamation, Massachusetts civil rights law and breach of contract.
Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com