10.24.15 | Christina Cauterucci
In a federal lawsuit filed against George Washington University on Wednesday, a former student details years of alleged sexual harassment, stalking, and assault at the hands of a fellow student. The plaintiff, Ricca Prasad, claims that the university failed to properly address the situation in violation of Title IX.
Prasad alleges she began dating a student the court filing calls "VT" in February 2011, during her freshman year at GW in Washington, D.C. After nearly a year, during which she says she noted some violent tendencies and threatening behavior, she says she broke off the relationship. For the next three years, Prasad alleges, she endured death threats, physical and sexual assault, hundreds of unsolicited emails and messages on social media, and threatening phone calls from VT. Prasad says she made five official complaints to the GW Police Department, filed reports with proper university authorities, and sent evidence to administrators that her stalker had violated, time and again, the multiple “no contact agreements” the university had granted her. Until she got a legal restraining order in February, she alleges, the harassment continued.
Prasad’s suit alleges that GW committed several Title IX violations, breached the contracts it entered into in an attempt to stop the harassment, and treated her with negligence that caused severe emotional distress. After making one of several claims against VT, Prasad claims that when she asked to change her GW email address, the school’s IT department allegedly told her that it was against university policy to allow a student to change her address, and that she should simply filter VT’s emails into the trash folder.