Original. Student reported. Your daily dose of Right-minded news and commentary from across the nation
Professor accused of sexual assault sues student for defamation

The saga of Northwestern University philosophy professor Peter Ludlow continues with his defamation lawsuit against the student who accused him of sexual assault, the Daily Northwesterner reports.

Ludlow sued Northwestern in June for violating his rights under Title IX, following its “reckless” investigation of him over complaints from the student and, earlier, a graduate student:

After the internal investigation, NU revoked Ludlow’s appointment to an endowed professorship, denied him a pay raise and banned him from contacting the student.

The undergrad herself, now a senior, previously filed suit against Northwestern for handling her complaint against Ludlow with “deliberate indifference and retaliation,” the Daily said.

According to the Daily:

Ludlow’s suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges the student made false claims to the media and Northwestern professors after he rejected her sexual advances.

The Chicago Tribune, which says it “typically does not identify a victim of an alleged sexual attack,” has more details, in which Ludlow alleges the student “propositioned” him and continued pressuring him for a relationship:

In the suit filed Tuesday, Ludlow said the student had taken a course he taught, but it wasn’t until February 2012, several months after the class had concluded, that she asked him to attend an art show, according to the suit. …

On Feb. 15, she insisted on meeting Ludlow outside a conference he was attending, but he told her he did not want to date her, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleges that the student then leveled accusations with several professors that Ludlow had sexually harassed and attacked her before she filed a formal complaint with Northwestern.

Read the Daily story and Tribune story.

Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter

About the Author
Associate Editor
Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” Previously he led media and public relations at Seattle’s Discovery Institute, a free-market think tank. Greg is developing a Web series about a college newspaper, COPY, whose pilot episode was a semifinalist in the TV category for the Scriptapalooza competition in 2012. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon.

Add to the Discussion