NEW ORLEANS – A former student at Dillard University alleges that she was sexually assaulted on campus.
Jane Doe filed a complaint on March 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Dillard University alleging that the educational institution violated Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, negligence and other counts
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in April 2016, she was raped by a fellow Dillard Emerging Scholar participant, J.B., in her dormitory. The suit states that five months earlier, J.B. had raped another student in the very same dormitory and that the university did not investigate that student's report or ban J.B. from campus. She alleges she has suffered significant emotional distress and other physical and emotional injuries. The plaintiff holds Dillard University responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected her to sexual harassment and deprived her of equal access to educational opportunities.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks injunctive relief ordering defendant to comply with Title IX, award for compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, costs and such other just and appropriate relief. She is represented by Soren E. Gisleson of Herman, Herman & Katz in New Orleans and Cari Simon of The Fierberg National Law Group in Lake Leelanau, Michigan.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-02645