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Catholic College Sued by Student over Roommate’s Sexual Behavior by Surajit Sen Sharma
In the case of Lindsay Blankmeyer v. Stonehill College, Inc. admitted to United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, several issues have been brought into question. While, superficially, the case may seem trifling, the decisions can affect dormitory rules and accommodation principles of students.
being a Catholic institution, they seemed to extend moral support to the rule-breaking actions of the
The plaintiff has alleged that
complainant’s roommate and denied the complainant of
the college administration
reasonable accommodation that was within it powers to
was insensitive to the plaintiff’s needs and refused to
give, but kept offering other alternatives to the student
provide reasonable accommodation to the plaintiff, but
that would be deemed unacceptable by any reasonable
seemed adamant that the plaintiff’s roommate’s sexual
person, given the circumstances.
behavior, sex without permission of roommate and video sex sessions should continue, and the plaintiff
All of these happened, despite the college authorities
be denied reasonable single accommodation that she
being aware from the time of admission of the
sought to shelter herself from such depredations.
complainant that the complainant suffered from severe depressions and was under treatment for the same.
In a nutshell, the plaintiff complains that despite her
It happened despite the complainant’s roommate
well-known depressive conditions (clinically supported),
engaging in behavior that was not permissible under
the college refused single accommodation to her
the regulations of the college which is a Catholic
on the grounds that her roommate was behaving
institution, and funded likewise.
inappropriately, was having sex in front of her within the room and without her permission, was having
The story shows that the plaintiff, despite being
video sex, and was misbehaving with her upon protest.
in depressive conditions, complied with all legal
The subsequent actions of college authorities, if
requirements and formal procedures of the College,
proved, show that there was blatant disregard for the
including approach and information to several relevant
concerns raised by the student, and in spite of the
authorities in due and proper time and established
acts complained against being in breach of rules of the
procedures. However, the college failed to respond
Catholic institution, the concerned authorities acted
and effectually ignored the plaintiff’s pleas. The
bluntly and allowed such activities to continue to the
plaintiff went into depression, could not complete her
prejudice of the complainant.
final term at college within time due to depression and accompanying treatment, and later completed
In fact, according to the filed complaint, the authorities
graduation after her classmates had already graduated.
exhibited behavior that compounded the mental
This put the plaintiff at further disadvantages in her
pressures on the complainant in as much as, even after
career as her time of graduation became significantly different from that of her regular graduating class.
Published on Sep 20, 2012
Now this might seem ludicrous, but it’s not, and the fact that a court in Massachusetts allowed the case to be filed shows prima facie cause...