On March 10, 2016, the parents of a former University of Kansas student filed suit against the University in Douglas County, Kan., for making ongoing, misleading representations about the safety and security of the University’s campus and student housing.
The lawsuit seeks class action status. The suit seeks to hold the University accountable under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and requests equitable relief and an injunction against KU.
Florida residents James and Amanda Tackett paid to send their daughter to attend KU for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. In 2014, their daughter was raped by a KU football player in the Jayhawker Towers Apartments, which are owned and operated by KU. Their daughter was subsequently harassed by the same KU student on campus the following year.
“We feel the University cannot say their campus and their dorms are safe unless they really are safe,” said Ms. Tackett. “In addition to the horrific assault of our daughter, we are concerned for the safety of all students at KU. We believe there are many more victims of on-campus crimes in the dorms. Had we known this, we would not have considered KU as an option.”
“During this Big XII tournament, many colleges will be advertising themselves to the nation, and we want do our part to make sure their representations are true,” Mr. Tackett said.
After the rape and the harassment a year later, their daughter withdrew from KU and returned to Florida.
The Tacketts are represented by two Kansas City, Mo., lawyers, Dan Curry and Sarah Brown, of Brown and Curry, LLC, and Tony LaCroix of the LaCroix Law Firm.
A copy of the court-filed petition is here: Petition- File stamped
For more information, contact: Tony LaCroix at (816) 399-4380 or Dan Curry (816) 756-5458.