- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A former University of Kansas theater student has filed a lawsuit alleging the school failed to investigate his sexual harassment claims against a professor.

The former student alleges a professor invited him to his home for dinner in 2015, while he still attending the school, and falsely told him other students would be in attendance, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/2nbk339 ) reported. The man alleges the professor was intoxicated, forcefully kissed him and grabbed his genitals.

A university investigation of the incident was never completed, according to the lawsuit. The man said investigators engaged in “victim blame and victim shame” while reviewing his claims, causing him emotional distress.

The university said it couldn’t comment on the allegations because the lawsuit was pending. The professor was eventually fired, according to the lawsuit.

The former student alleges the school knew about previous complaints against the professor and created an unsafe environment, violating a federal law that prohibits gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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