York student wins right to sue university President

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Written by Excalibur

A story from the York Campus Newspaper, the Excalibur, says that the president, Lorna Marsden, can be sued by a student.

"The ruling, which some say puts the autonomy of universities into question, relates to the case of York student Dan Freeman-Maloy's $850,000 suit against the university.

Freeman-Maloy was suspended from the campus for three years in April 2004 because of his use of a megaphone in Vari Hall during protests against Israeli Middle East policies. His suspension was eventually rejected by the court in July of last year, but Freeman-Maloy subsequently launched an $850,000 lawsuit against Marsden, York University and its Board of Governors (BOG).

The case includes abuse of public office power as one of the arguments for seeking compensation. The court ruling decides whether Freeman-Maloy can use this as an argument in his case.

The student is also charging Marsden on libel, negligence, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

Full story here

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