Student sues university in St. Louis over drug accusation

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A women’s basketball player at a university in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against the school, saying she was wrongly accused of drug possession and suspended for a year after denying a dean’s sexual advances.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Brittany Jackson filed the lawsuit against Harris-Stowe State University and three school officials in St. Louis Circuit Court.

The suit alleges the dean of student success, Emmanuel Lalande, groped Jackson during a meeting in his office on March 28. After she protested, Jackson says she was accused of marijuana possession.

The lawsuit says assistant dean Shawn Baker and public safety lieutenant Ricky Perry escorted her off campus.

The university said in a statement that Jackson’s accusations are unfounded and that it plans to defend against the suit in court.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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