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Case Name Rapuano v. Trustees of Dartmouth College ED-NH-0001
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-01070 ( D.N.H. )
State/Territory New Hampshire
Case Type(s) Education
Special Collection Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions
Case Summary
On November 15, 2018, seven women students in Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences sued the Trustees of Dartmouth College under Title IX and New Hampshire common law. The plaintiffs claimed a hostile educational environment, gender discrimination, quid pro quo sexual ... read more >
On November 15, 2018, seven women students in Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences sued the Trustees of Dartmouth College under Title IX and New Hampshire common law. The plaintiffs claimed a hostile educational environment, gender discrimination, quid pro quo sexual harassment, and retaliation in violation of Title IX. Additionally, the plaintiff class claimed that the Trustees of Dartmouth College breached their fiduciary duties and negligently supervised and retained professors in violation of New Hampshire common law. The plaintiff class, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief.

Specifically, the plaintiff class claimed that three professors in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences leered at, groped, "sexted," intoxicated, and raped female students. The plaintiffs further alleged that though they had contacted Dartmouth’s Title IX office in April 2017, Dartmouth failed to take action. Twenty days after the plaintiffs had contacted Dartmouth’s Title IX office—after Dartmouth’s inaction—one plaintiff was sexually assaulted. At least 27 complainants came forward to participate in the Title IX investigation. Finally, the plaintiffs claimed that when Dartmouth finally did take action by beginning an investigation, it was unilaterally stopped in July and the three professors in question were allowed to resign or retire.

On January 15, 2019, the defendants answered the complaint. As of January 27, a pretrial conference was set for February 19, 2019 and the case remains ongoing.

Cianan Lesley - 01/27/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action State law
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
Defendant(s) Trustees
Plaintiff Description Seven named plaintiffs representing a requested class comprised of current and former female graduate and undergraduate students who have matriculated or will matriculate at Dartmouth in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences between March 31, 2015 and the date of judgment.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:18-cv-01070 (D.N.H.)
ED-NH-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/16/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
ED-NH-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/15/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges McCafferty, Landya B. (D.N.H.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Douglas, Charles G III (New Hampshire) show/hide docs
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Kelly, Steven J (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Marcuse, Deborah K (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Sanford, David (New York) show/hide docs
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Webbert, Austin (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Wiitala, Nicole (New York) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Kruzer, Lyndsey M (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Lukey, Joan A (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Wolosz, Justin J (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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