December 01, 2017

A University of South Florida graduate student alleges the school violated
Title IX by forcing her to take classes with her alleged rapist.

A Palm Beach Gardens attorney filed a Title IX lawsuit against the University of South Florida on behalf of a graduate student who claims she is forced to be in regular contact with her alleged rapist.

Graduate student Samantha Garrett claims the Tampa university has kept Andrew Thurston in classes with her even though the school’s investigation allegedly found evidence he raped her and that he accepted responsibility for the attack. She is represented by Michael Dolce, of counsel at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll who specializes in Title IX cases.

“In blatant and direct contradiction of its Title IX responsibilities, the University of South Florida continues to force Samantha Garrett either to endure the sexually harassing and hostile atmosphere of her rapist’s presence, or to forego, and therefore lose access herself to, the education opportunities and benefits of her doctoral program,” Dolce said in a statement.

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