Lees-McRae College and four of its employees have been named as defendants in a federal lawsuit.

The Avery Journal reports Lees-McRae Dean of Students Jon Driggers, Title IX coordinator and director of compliance Jeffrey Merrill, Assistant Dean of Students Josh Gaisser and adjunct instructor Andrew Taylor are named in a lawsuit that alleges a “deliberately indifferent response to a student-on-student sexual misconduct complaint and subsequent sex-based harassment, retaliation and intimidation."

According to the report, the the alleged misconduct occurred on April 11, 2017 and involved a member of the men's basketball team who verbally accosted the victim in a sexual manner. On April 17th the victim and her mother filed a title IX complaint and a no-contact order was issued.

The suit alleges the no-contact order was violated several times April 19th. The victim obtained a Domestic Violence Protective Order on April 21st and it was violated April 24th. A  Title IX hearing April 25th found the male student not responsible for violating the sexual harassment policy.  

Following the  hearing, the victim left the college, withdrawing from her classes, and later appealed the panel's decision.

According to the report, on November 14, the victim and her family filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

A court date for the lawsuit has not been set.