Sexual Misconduct & Other Campus Violence; Title IX; Students; Sexual Misconduct & Other Campus Violence; Distressed & Suicidal Students; Disability Discrimination; Discrimination, Accommodation, & Diversity
John Doe v. University of Notre Dame (N.D. Ind. May 8, 2017)
Order granting Plaintiff’s Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Plaintiff, a student at the University of Notre Dame, had a tumultuous dating relationship with a female student during their senior year. The female student eventually sought help from the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator, to whom she confided that she was concerned about Plaintiff’s safety based on text messages he wrote to her about wanting to kill himself. Plaintiff was eventually dismissed from the University just weeks before graduation after being found responsible for violating four of Notre Dame’s Standards of Conduct. He filed suit challenging his dismissal and asserting, among other claims, violations of Title IX and breach of contract. The court granted Plaintiff a temporary restraining order and injunction directing the University to allow Plaintiff to sit for his final exams after concluding that there was at least some likelihood of success on the merits of his breach of contract claim, that the balance of the harms weighed in favor of an injunction, and the injunction would not be averse to the public interest.