WVU student claims sexual harassment against professor

MORGANTOWN - A West Virginia University student says a professor sexually harassed her by inappropriately touching her.

Emily Lapisardi filed the lawsuit last week in Monongalia Circuit Court against the WVU Board of Governors and Augusto Paglialungo.

"During the time that Plaintiff Lapisardi was a student of Defendant Paglialunga, (he) subjected her to sexual harassment and to a sexually hostile environment," the complaint says.

She says she filed a complaint with the Office of Social Justice, which she says did not take any action against Paglialungo.

She charges the defendants with sexual harassment, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"During the course of her education at West Virginia University, Defendant Paglialunga unlawfully touched the plaintiff, on more than one occasion, thereby committing the tort of battery," the lawsuit says.

She is seeking punitive damages and court costs.

Allan Karlin of Morgantown firm Allan Karlin and Associates is representing the plaintiff.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number 06-C-458

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