Northwestern University violated Title IX by acting with “malice and with reckless indifference” against a professor accused of “non-consensual sex” with two students. That’s according to a lawsuit filed by philosophy professor Peter Ludlow claiming defamation, gender discrimination and invasion of privacy.
Ludlow is raising his concerns in the wake of a different Title IX lawsuit filed in February against the University by a rising Medill senior. The Medill student alleges that NU acted with “deliberate indifference and retaliation” after she reported that Ludlow sexually assaulted her in 2012. The student’s report spurred an internal investigation that found Ludlow in violation of NU’s sexual misconduct policy. Ludlow called this investigation “flawed and one-sided” and has denied the student’s allegations.
Ludlow’s suit reveals that the University also investigated Ludlow after a philosophy graduate student lodged a complaint in March that Ludlow had non-consensual sex with her. The pair had “a consensual romantic relationship” from about October 2011 to January 2012, according to Ludlow’s suit.
He is alleging that the graduate student, along with philosophy Prof. Jennifer Lackey and director of NU’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Office Joan Slavin, who are also named in the suit, defamed him in statements they made during a third-party investigation into the student’s allegations.
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