Case: Harford

An Update on 5 Colleges’ Legal Battles Against Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits

January 29th, 2019

Several major universities are fighting their own sexual harassment and sexual abuse cases. Here’s an update on their efforts. By Sue Reisinger A year ago this month sports doctor Larry Nassar was sent to prison for sexually abusing student athletes at Michigan State University. Now several other major universities are fighting their own sexual harassment […]

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Ex-Dean’s Relationship With Student Has Columbia Facing $60 Million Lawsuit

January 21st, 2019

BY: JANE LA POINTE A woman who was in a hot-for-teacher situation wants $60 million in damages and is suing Columbia University for it. She already sought justice but now wants even more money, feeling that the university caused her a lot of damage by making her drop out once she decided to sue the […]

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Columbia U Sued for $60M in Harassment Case

January 17th, 2019

By Colleen Flaherty A former Columbia University undergraduate is suing the institution and Thomas Harford, former dean of students of the School of General Studies, for $60 million, alleging that Harford coerced her into a sexual relationship last summer and that Columbia failed to protect her from him. The student initially filed her lawsuit for […]

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Amended lawsuit against former GS dean Tom Harford alleges Columbia knew of dean’s history of harassment

January 17th, 2019

BY KAREN XIA A lawsuit filed against Columbia and former General Studies Dean of Students Tom Harford was amended on Thursday to include new details of Harford’s alleged history of repeated sexual harassment as well as the University’s failure to address it, claiming that Columbia had knowledge of prior reports of his misconduct. The amended […]

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Woman suing Columbia over inappropriate relationship now wants $60M

January 17th, 2019

By Kaja Whitehouse A woman suing Columbia University over an inappropriate sexual relationship with a now-fired dean has upped her damages request to $60 million — claiming that the storied university forced her to drop out after she sued. The amended lawsuit also reveals the student’s name is Irene Politis. Previously, she had sued under […]

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Sanford Heisler Sharp Files $60 Million Amended Complaint Against Columbia University and Former Dean Thomas Harford Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

January 17th, 2019

Amended Complaint Alleges Columbia Knew of Dean’s History of Harassment and Stalking and Did Nothing NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Former Columbia University undergraduate student Irene Politis today filed an Amended Complaint for $60 million against Columbia University and former Dean Thomas Harford. In today’s complaint, Politis is no longer proceeding as […]

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$50 million sexual harassment lawsuit shines light on Columbia’s staff-student sex policy

September 18th, 2018

MATTHEW STEIN – SWARTHMORE COLLEGE Staff apparently not forbidden from pursuing romantic or sexual relationships with students Columbia University’s policy on sexual and romantic relationships between students and staff appears to permit those relationships even when there is a “supervisory, advisory or mentoring context.” School officials did not respond to repeated queries on the matter. […]

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US$50 million sexual harassment lawsuit against ex-dean

September 1st, 2018

Attorneys at public interest class-action litigation law firm Sanford Heisler Sharp have filed a US$50 million sexual harassment suit against Columbia University, with Tom Harford, the former dean of students of Columbia University’s School of General Studies, cited as a defendant in the matter, reports Markets Insider. The firm represents plaintiff Jane Doe, an undergraduate […]

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Student says Columbia dean ‘coerced’ her into relationship when she sought help after sex assault

August 30th, 2018

By Stephen Rex Brown New York Daily News NEW YORK —A Columbia University student who sought help with housing after being raped instead fell into the clutches of a dean of students who “coerced” her into a relationship, a new lawsuit says. The suit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court by the 25-year-old student alleges […]

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Columbia University Administrator Had Illicit Sexual Relationship With Student, Lawsuit Claims

August 29th, 2018

By JAKE ROSENSTEIN A new lawsuit alleges that a Columbia University Dean used his administrative position and monetary gifts to coerce a “desperate” student into a sexual relationship. With the promise of scholarships, housing help, and cash gifts, Dean Tom Harford allegedly pursued a romantic relationship with a student under shady circumstances. In the court […]

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