Princeton grads who were ‘bitter’ after graduation
A Princeton grad student is now suing the university for violating her civil rights after being kicked out of her dorm.
In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Alyssa E. Smith claims that she was forced out of the Princeton College of Arts and Sciences dorms last fall after she was caught sharing a photograph of herself with a group of students and posted the picture on social media.
The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia says that Smith, who is a member of the Black Student Union (BSU), was kicked out in November of 2016.
In the lawsuit, she said that the BSU “disciplined and suspended her for violating their rules on sharing the image.”
Smith is seeking unspecified damages for her alleged violation of BSU rules, including the right to a fair and impartial investigation of her actions, according to the lawsuit.
In November of last year, Smith shared a photograph on Instagram of herself and several Black students in the Columbia campus library, with the caption “The Black Student Alliance’s rules are clear: no racist language, racist imagery, and no sexual misconduct.”
Smith says she shared the photo with the BSSU after a fellow Black student had said that she had a friend who shared similar photos and had received a similar reprimand from the BSA.
In response to Smith’s allegations, the BsA released a statement to NBC News on Monday saying that it “never condones or encourages students to share any form of hate speech or racism.”
The BsSU said in its statement that it does not condone students who have violated the BSO’s code of conduct and would have no further comment.