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Litigation update

On March 18, 2019, a review panel for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled not to dismiss the civil court cases by Sara Weckhorst and Tessa Farmer. This legal ruling did not determine the facts of the case or that the university committed any error. K-State cares about its students and always provides a wealth of support. The university offered numerous resources and support to these plaintiffs, who both went on to graduate from K-State.

K-State respectfully disagrees with the court’s decision on the discrete legal issue and believes it is contrary to other court decisions. K-State is reviewing options for the next steps in the cases, and remains committed to providing a safe learning environment where the rights of all its students are respected and its policies comply with all applicable laws.

Information below is offered as background information on this case. 

University statements 

Federal court affirms previous ruling, authorizes K-State petition (Aug. 24, 2017)

Federal court dismisses majority of Title IX lawsuits (March 14, 2017)
 

Public court documents

Weckhorst v. KSU, Case No. 2016-cv-02255

March 18, 2019

 

Aug. 24, 2017

Denial of Reconsideration PDF

Grant of Appeal PDF

Mar. 14, 2017

Memorandum and Order on K-State’s Motion to Dismiss, K-State’s Motion to Strike and Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend the Complaint PDF

Jan. 31, 2017

Motion for Leave to File Sur-reply 
in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend and Memorandum in Support PDF

Sur-reply in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint PDF

Aug. 18, 2016

Response to the
 Statement of Interest of the United States PDF

Dec. 19, 2016

Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint PDF

July 25, 2016

Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss PDF

May 27, 2016

Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss PDF




Farmer v. KSU, Case No. 2016-cv-02256

Aug. 24, 2017

Grant of Appeal PDF

Mar. 14, 2017

Memorandum and Order on K-State’s Motion to Dismiss PDF

Aug. 18, 2016

Response to the
 Statement of Interest of the United States PDF

July 25, 2016

Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss PDF

May 27, 2016

Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss PDF




Anyone seeking additional court records in these cases can click on the following link for more information: http://www.ksd.uscourts.gov/case-information.

To learn about the resources K-State offers, please visit: http://www.k-state.edu/oie/resolution/resources.html.