Delaware Student Sues Campus Over Clery Act Violation

DOVER, Del. – A student at Delaware State University (DSU) is suing the institution, claiming it did not comply with the Clery Act, which requires timely reports of potential threats on campus.

Jameka Smith said on Oct. 16, 2005, a man assaulted her in her dormitory, choking her until she nearly lost consciousness. The day before, the same man robbed and attacked another female student as she was walking to her residence hall.

According to the lawsuit, the DSU women’s basketball team player suffered flashbacks, sleep deprivation and anxiety in the presence of males. Smith seeks $1 million from the university in personal injuries, attorney’s fees and other damages.

A spokesman for DSU said the university acted appropriately when dealing with the situation and will defend itself against the lawsuit.

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