Judge Rules Student Can’t Remain Anonymous in Lawsuit

A student filing a lawsuit against Princeton University officials will not be allowed to remain anonymous after a judge’s ruling.

A student will not be allowed to remain anonymous as he accuses Princeton University officials of wrongdoing after they banned him from campus following a suicide attempt.

A federal judge found that it would be “fundamentally unfair” for the student to continue hiding his identity while publicly naming university officials in his lawsuit, according to nj.com. The student had asked for his name to be replaced with a pseudonym in court proceedings because of the “social stigmas and distress” associated with suicide attempts.

As a freshman at Princeton in 2012, the student swallowed 20 anti-depressants in a suicide attempt. His lawsuit claims school officials prohibited him from returning to campus for a year after the incident, which he says made him lose friends and fall behind in classes.

But Magistrate Judge Tonianna Bongiovanni ruled against the student’s request for anonymity since he’s attacking the character of specific school officials that are named in his lawsuit.

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