A Stonehill College graduate sued the Catholic school in federal court, Wednesday, alleging pre-existing psychological problems worsened after administrators refused to let her move to a single dormitory room to escape her roommate’s frequent sexual trysts with guests in their shared room.
In suing the Easton, Mass. private college, Lindsay Blankmeyer cites federal and state antidiscrimination laws. She argues her mental illness entitled her to accommodations including being spared her roommate’s alleged behavior.“The roommate was having online and actual sex right in front of her,” the suit states. A residence hall director “did nothing to alleviate the problem,” the complaint adds.
After Stonehill administrators refused Blankmeyer’s request for a single room, the suit states, she “fell into a dark and suicidal depression requiring her to take a leave of absence from school and undergo extensive psychiatric and medical treatment.”
The suit alleges Stonehill’s actions not only deprived Blankmeyer of a reasonable living situation, but that in tolerating the alleged behavior Stonehill administrators defied standards of conduct that should have been enforced at a Roman Catholic institution.
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