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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in News on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Undergraduate Student Sues Purdue University under Title IX

Los Angeles, CA – Kristensen Weisberg, LLP announced, on behalf of their client, Jane Doe a former undergraduate student at Purdue University, have filed a complaint for damages, alleging that Purdue University and her Professor are responsible for violation of Title IX, sexual battery, sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent retention and supervision.

“My client, an undergraduate student at Purdue University, suffered severe emotional distress and sexual harassment from the hands of her Professor Lance Duerfahrd,” said John Kristensen, attorney for the plaintiff. “She is devastated and traumatized by the sexual misconduct that she suffered. These were actions that could have been prevented if Purdue University and President Mitch Daniels had chosen to not look the other way when it came to this professor’s past history.”

The complaint also alleges Purdue’s acts and omissions violated Plaintiff’s right to be free from discrimination on the basis of her sex. Purdue knew for years that its tenured professor in its English Department, Lance Duerfahrd, continuously violated Purdue’s own Anti-Harassment Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, and Amorous Relationship Policy. Despite Purdue’s knowledge that Duerfahrd was sexually harassing and assaulting female students in his classes and within the English Department where he taught,

Purdue intentionally, and with deliberate indifference, refused to discipline Duerfahrd. Purdue possessed actual knowledge of Professor Duerfahrd’s sexual harassment/assault of female students since at least 2012, when Duerfahrd was awarded tenure. Purdue President Mitch Daniels should have been aware of Duerfahrd’s history and had the ability to deny tenure, but he chose to look the other way. From that point on, it was clear to the University that Duerfahrd would continue to use his position to stalk and prey on young women in his classes. Like many other institutions of higher learning, Purdue looked the other way when it became aware Professor Duerfahrd was hunting female students. Purdue’s deliberate indifference resulted in Duerfahrd continuing to sexually harass female students and culminated in the sexual assault of Plaintiff.

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court Northern District of Indiana, Lafayette Division (Jane Doe, Plaintiff v. Purdue University; Lance Duefahrd.). Kristensen Weisberg, LLP is a nationally renowned litigation firm specializing in Title IX, product liability, employment and consumer protection cases that previously obtained a nationwide record Title IX settlement from the University of California Regents in 2017.

If you have information about the Defendants, please contact Kristensen Weisberg, LLP at or (310) 507-7924 or our Indiana co-counsel, Mario Massillimany of Massillamany Jeter & Carson, LLP at (317) 576-8580.

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