MORGANTOWN – A man is suing West Virginia University’s Board of Governors after he claims he was wrongfully expelled.
Taylor Camp was a student in good standing at West Virginia University, was a four-year member of the university’s swim team and was scheduled to graduate in December, according to a complaint filed Aug. 17 in Monongalia Circuit Court.
Camp claims he received a letter on March 8 that he was being accused of sexually assaulting another student and a hearing occurred on May 23.
The following day, Camp was notified that the Board found him responsible for violations of the WVU Student Conduct Code and that he was being expelled from the university, according to the suit.
Camp claims he timely appealed the Board’s decision and the sanction of expulsion imposed, but on June 29, he was notified that his appeal had been denied.
WVU unconstitutionally, high-handedly, arbitrarily and capriciously deprived Camp by conducting a disciplinary hearing process that was “violative of the clear terms and spirit of the WVU Student Conduct Code and was contrary to the constitutionally protected principles of due process, fairness and common sense,” according to the suit.
Camp claims in disciplining him, WVU failed to abide by the policies and procedures concerning expulsion as outlined by the university’s student conduct code.
The defendant’s actions caused Camp severe emotional distress, according to the suit, and were willful, wanton and/or undertaken in reckless disregard for his rights.
Camp claims he was not afforded the substantive and procedural due process that WVU was required to provide him.
Camp is seeking monetary and punitive damages and for the expulsion to be rescinded. He is being represented by Edmund J. Rollo.
Monongalia Circuit Court case number: 12-C-546