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Doe v. University of Scranton

A Case Concerning LGBTQ Student(s) and Title IX

Key Date: October 9, 2020 • Ruling From the 3rd Circuit Denying Motion to Dismiss
Type: Housing Discrimination, Transgender Student Cases

Case History:

The lawsuit, alleges a male, heterosexual housemate repeatedly made offensive and harassing comments to a male referred to as “John Doe” to protect his privacy.

The suit says the situation escalated when the housemate physically assaulted Doe. The alleged victim repeatedly reported the conduct to university officials, but they “turned a blind eye” and failed to take action to halt the abuse.

The lawsuit seeks damages on several counts, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars discrimination in eduction based on a person’s gender or sexual orientation, and the Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Latest in the Case:

A federal district court in Pennsylvania on October 9th denied a motion to dismiss the Title IX claim, relying on the reasoning of Bostock and other cases construing Title IX. 

Updated February 2, 2021

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