NEW ORLEANS – A former Loyola University New Orleans business student claims he was unfairly dismissed from the school following a low grade at a rough point in his life.
Joshual Reppel filed suit against Loyola University New Orleans in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on April 30.
The plaintiff claims he was enrolled in 2011 and studying successfully until the spring of 2014. He claims that he was the victim of an assault on March 30, 2014 that required surgery and pain medication. He claims that his grades suffered as a result of this and he ultimately received a D in a class.
Loyola University New Orleans business school advertised a policy of dismissing any student receiving less than a C, but the plaintiff claims it enforced the policy in an arbitrary and capricious manner. The plaintiff asserts that other students have been granted retroactive withdrawals and permitted to retake classes the following semester rather than being dismissed.
The defendant is accused of failing to adhere to its own standards set out in the student handbook and other documents which formed a contractual relationship between the university and its students. The defendant is also accused of violating the procedural due process rights of the plaintiff as described in the handbook of the university.
The plaintiff seeks an unspecified in damages for economic loss as a result of not graduating as well as social, recreational and educational damages suffered from being dismissed.
The plaintiff is represented by Kathryn T. Wiedorn of New Orleans-based Pelleteri & Wiedorn LLC.
This case has been assigned to Div. G Judge Robin M. Giarusso.
Case no. 2015-04185.