KJK’s Stone & Supler File Lawsuit Against Harvard University Following Policy and Federal Law Violations

October 25, 2019

Earlier this week, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz Student & Athlete Defense Attorneys Susan Stone and Kristina Supler filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client, Damilare Sonoiki, against Harvard University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers, and the president and fellows of Harvard College based on egregious violations of Sonoiki’s rights following allegations of sexual assault.

“Harvard subjected Damilare to an adjudicatory process that violated federal law and Harvard’s own policies, was inherently biased and lacked even a semblance of basic fairness and good faith,” said Stone.

“By the time Harvard issued formal charges against Damilare, Harvard no longer had jurisdiction to do so since he was no longer a student,” added Supler.

Stone and Supler say Sonoiki filed the lawsuit because Harvard refused to grant him his degree even though he satisfied all of the requirements for graduation, was in good standing at the time of his scheduled graduation, and even spoke to his class as part of graduation exercises and walked in his graduation ceremony. They say Harvard pressured three women into filing Title IX complaints against Sonoiki, and subjected him to a “blatantly arbitrary and capricious disciplinary process.”

Sonoiki is seeking a trial by jury and monetary damages.


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