Notre Dame has fired a (white) tutor who is accused in a lawsuit of pressuring black students, including student-athletes, to have sex with her daughter; a report in USA Today says the woman was dismissed for “violating the university’s Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment Policy.” The suit was filed by a black male student:
According to the suit, the employee began providing academic help to the male student this past spring and immediately “initiated, directed and coordinated a sexually and racially motivated inappropriate and demeaning relationship” between the student and her daughter.
The woman questioned him about the “nature, frequency and quality of sexual activities,” he had with her daughter, according to the suit, “demeaning the plaintiff with racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess.”
The student in question does not appear to have been identified in press reports or legal documents as a university athlete, but his lawsuit alleges that the tutor “arranged multiple sexual encounters with her daughter and other African-American students, including basketball and football players.” The daughter is said to be a student at a nearby school.
The suit says the tutor also pressured the student in question to convert to Catholicism and told him he needed counseling after he tried to break off his relationship with her daughter. Notre Dame is named as a defendant in the lawsuit because it allegedly “failed to act to remedy the situation.” (It’s not yet clear whether the accused tutor was dismissed before or after the lawsuit was filed.) A university spokesman said allegations against the school are “unfounded.”