Much of former UND law student's case against school dismissed
A judge has dismissed several claims in a lawsuit filed by a former student against UND, its president, Law School deans and professors.
Garet Bradford, 46, filed a complaint in May claiming UND had breached a contract, inflicted emotional distress, defamed him and violated the North Dakota Human Rights Act and state constitution when he was dismissed from UND's law school via email May 13.
Judge Alice Senechal filed an order Aug. 12 dismissing all of the claims except for Bradford's allegation his constitutional rights were violated and request to have his suspension reversed.
Bradford said he penned the original complaint himself but said in an interview Tuesday he has now enlisted the help of legal counsel and plans to appeal the dismissal.
"They made it personal," he said in reference to the university.
The complaint alleges when Bradford appealed a quiz grade, his application was subsequently called into question and he was then suspended. The complaint also states he was told he lacked character, had a negative tone and that professor Kirsten Dauphanais told Bradford in February "every professor has an issue with you."
Bradford said he tried several avenues to resolve the problem, including speaking with law school deans and trying to meet with UND President Robert Kelley.
UND spokesman Peter Johnson said in an email the university doesn't comment on ongoing legal matters.
Bradford applied to the law school in March 2014, was accepted the following July and was then enrolled from that August until his dismissal.
"If I had done something illegal outside or inside of the university, I would understand, but I didn't," Bradford said.
Several others are named in the suit, including Dean Kathryn Rand, Assistant Dean Bradley Parrish, professor Steven Morrison, professor James Grijalva and Kelley.
Bradford said since news of the lawsuit went public, people have been inquisitive but mostly scared to be associated with someone taking on a large entity like UND.
"I think they thought I'd back down, and I'm not going to," Bradford said. "That's the mistake they've made. I'm going to take this all the way."
Bradford also plans to ask that Senechal recuse herself as she is an affiliated faculty member at UND, according to the website.
Bradford said he will persevere with the case because he feels he wasn't granted due process when he was suspended, and because of that suspension he wouldn't be accepted into any other law school. He acknowledged he wrote the first complaint in a hurry and wanted to rework and rephrase some of the issues he presented when moving forward.