Roman Caple’s Lawsuit Against St. Augustine’s College Covered in ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’

By July 12, 2011

Marc Parry has written about Roman Caple’s lawsuit against Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) over at The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s tech blog, Wired Campus. Last Friday, Caple filed suit against SAC after it barred him from this spring’s commencement ceremonies because of a single Facebook post. SAC has alleged that there are other reasons for punishing him but has never provided a single scrap of evidence beyond the one post about SAC’s handling of its recovery from tornado damage. The suit alleges, among other things, that SAC broke its contractual promises of free expression when it punished Caple for his online speech.

Parry writes:

In a complaint filed Friday in North Carolina state court, Roman Caple accuses Saint Augustine’s College of breach of contract, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Mr. Caple is seeking more than $10,000 in damages in a case that is being promoted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a national civil-liberties group. Among other things, his legal complaint laments the cost of the cap and gown that he wasn’t able to use and the pain that not walking allegedly caused him …

So far as we know, SAC has not yet responded publicly regarding the lawsuit. We will let you know what happens next in Caple’s case.

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