NEW YORK (Reuters) – A student at the University of Northampton’s Catholic College of St. Benedict’s has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct, defamation and racial discrimination by a former student, the university said on Friday.
The suit filed on Friday accuses the former student of making “a number of racially insensitive and demeaning remarks about students of African descent,” including in a conversation with a former dean of students in January 2016.
“He has a history of making racist comments in his social media postings and engaging in behavior that has made him unfit to be an active member of the faculty,” the university told Reuters in a statement.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The university said it could not comment further because the case was pending.
Northampton’s Board of Governors on Friday approved a three-year suspension of all staff and faculty positions and asked the state’s highest court to block a proposed $2 million settlement for the alleged sexual harassment, according to the university.
It said in a separate statement that it was investigating the allegations and has been informed of the suit.
The Catholic College’s president and two other members of its board of trustees are white, according a Reuters tally of the university’s admissions records.
The University of Southern California, a liberal arts school, has said it is considering its own internal investigation.