Dartmouth Wants to Know the Names of People Accusing it of Title IX Violations

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dartmouth College has raised an important issue in its defense of a Title IX lawsuit brought by several women who claim to have been sexually assaulted and even raped by professors: The College claims that it cannot defend itself without knowing the plaintiffs' names.

Dartmouth Facing Title IX Lawsuit Seeking $70 Million

Dartmouth College, the elite Ivy League school in New Hampshire, has been sued by a group of women who claim to have been assaulted and even raped by professors in what they claim was an “Animal House” culture in the school's psychology department.

The women in the lawsuit are all students or graduate students. They claim that Dartmouth knew of the “predatory” culture since at least 2002. They also claim that Dartmouth did nothing when a group of them contacted the school's Title IX office to report the professors, each of whom is a leading figure in their field.

The Title IX investigation eventually included 27 complainants and led to the resignation and retirement of the three professors mentioned in the complaints.

Seven of the women sued Dartmouth for its alleged role in allowing the misconduct. Their lawsuit seeks $70 million in damages. Two more women joined the lawsuit in May 2019. The claim has since become a class action against the college.

Dartmouth Wants to Know Who Is Suing Them

Like many Title IX claims, though, the women had the option of disclosing their real names or not. One of the initial plaintiffs in the lawsuit of them chose not to, instead referring to herself as “Jane Doe.” Both of the new plaintiffs have elected to conceal their real names.

Title IX procedures allow this to happen in order to protect the identities of the complainants.

However, not knowing who is suing the school poses a serious problem for Dartmouth College. Without knowing who they are, Dartmouth is left largely powerless to raise some important legal defenses to challenge the case against it. Because the lawsuit has become a class action, the potential for the two new plaintiffs to have seriously different circumstances to their case is a very real possibility that would warrant their own, individual, lawsuit.

That is why Dartmouth has filed a motion in the case to compel the unnamed plaintiffs to stop using pseudonyms and instead use their real names. Only by knowing who is in the lawsuit can Dartmouth effectively defend itself.

Title IX Advisor Joseph D. Lento

Joseph D. Lento is a national Title IX advisor and defense lawyer who passionately represents students and faculty members who have been accused of sexual misconduct. With so much care and attention paid to the rights and interests of the alleged victims, those who have been accused frequently find the deck stacked against them, and that they are afforded few ways to defend themselves against the allegations.

Joseph D. Lento aims to alleviate these problems with vigorous representation for the accused in Title IX cases. Call his law office at (888) 535-3686 or contact him online for help and guidance.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact Us Today!

If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.