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Student Alleges Discrimination Against Princeton University

April 8, 2014

By J.P. McCormick, Summer Associate

A sophomore student at Princeton University has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination and emotional distress against the school and several administrators. The student, known in court papers as “W.P.,” claims that the University caused him significant harm after he was evicted from his freshman dorm, asked to withdraw from classes, and banned from campus following an attempted suicide attempt on school grounds.

In the lawsuit, “W.P.” asserts that the school “knew, or should have known, that this was against W.P.’s best interests and was likely to exacerbate his condition and cause him great emotional distress.” The complaint further alleges that “As the direct results of the defendants’ actions, he has experienced extreme embarrassment, stress, emotional pain and mental anguish, as well as out-of-pocket expenses and reputational injury … He will always be afraid that seeking the help of mental health professionals in a time of distress may lead to disaster.”

“W.P.” previously filed a July 2012 discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The Office of Civil Rights initially dismissed the complaint in 2013, but “W.P.” has since refiled and the matter is still pending.

As this is being written, “W.P.” is remains enrolled at the University. For further information on this story, click here.

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