(AP) Students who say they were bullied and threatened at Harvard University’s campus may be able to sue the school and the university’s board of trustees.
Lawyers for a group of students who were threatened and bullied at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s campus say in a federal lawsuit they are entitled to more than $1 million in damages for the alleged bullying and stalking.
The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Boston says the university has a duty to protect students, which includes providing them with the resources they need to do so.
The lawsuit does not seek any monetary damages.
Harvard’s board has been reviewing the case and is scheduled to make a decision in coming weeks, said David C. Lappin, the school’s director of legal services.
The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The plaintiffs are students who came forward in response to a 2016 story about sexual assault on campus.
They say they experienced harassment, intimidation and discrimination from administrators and professors over the course of their time at the school.
They say the school should have responded earlier to their allegations.
The students say the university failed to provide them with adequate resources or protection from threats, harassment or intimidation, and the lawsuit says that has resulted in harm to them, their families and their reputation.