Title IX Complaint Against Shenandoah University Dismissed
The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Harrisonburg Division, recently granted Shenandoah University’s motion to dismiss a former student’s Title IX and other claims. The student filed a lawsuit against the University, claiming he was discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation and failure to conform to gender norms when he was dismissed from the University allegedly for committing sexual assault. He also alleged that the University used his picture in an advertisement for a University-sponsored event without his permission, asserting a violation of a Virginia statute. The federal court ruled that the student did not provide facts that allowed the court to infer that the allegedly erroneous dismissal was the result of discrimination. And that even if Shenandoah had incorrectly determined that the student had committed sexual assault, he failed to establish that it did so due to his sexual orientation. The court declined to exercise his jurisdiction over the state law claim.
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