A former UND student is suing the the school, university president and four Law School employees, claiming he wasn't granted due process, was discriminated against because of his age and had his freedom of speech restricted before being dismissed from the Law School in May.
The complaint, originally filed by 46-year-old Garet Bradford about a week after his May 13 dismissal from the school via email, states he was summoned near the beginning of his second semester at the Law School because there had been issues with his application that had been accepted about eight months prior.
The complaint states Bradford attempted to resolve issues with law school professors and administrators, including Dean Kathryn Rand, Assistant Dean Bradley Parrish, professor Steven Morrison and UND President Robert Kelley, but was repeatedly misinformed or denied information.
Bradford filed an amended complaint on June 9, adding the fifth Law School employee to the suit, Professor James Grijalva. The complaint states Bradford appealed a quiz grade from Grijalva in February before his application was called into question and was told his tone was negative and he lacked character.
The complaint also states UND Professor Kirsten Dauphanais told Bradford in February "every professor has an issue with you."
UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the university does not comment on ongoing legal cases.
Bradford is requesting he be awarded unspecified monetary damages and attorney fees. He also filed a restraining order against several UND and Law School officials.
After being dismissed from the Law School, Bradford met with Provost Thomas DiLorenzo to clarify the issue but was accused by Parrish of "going over his head," the complaint states.
As of June 19, Bradford said the case was "in limbo" until a judge signs off on it. If the lawsuit does move forward, Bradford said he could ask for "extensive" repayment in damages, though a jury would ultimately decide the award amount.
"I wouldn't be doing this for a cup of coffee," he said.
The lawsuit also states Bradford experienced defamation, emotional distress and the UND Law School breached its contract with him.