Holloway v. Scott

Full title: Vanessa Holloway, Plaintiff, v. Professor Daryl Scott et al., Defendants.

Court: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Date published: Oct 13, 2016

Facts

The plaintiff is a resident of New York, New York. She sues a professor at Howard University in the District of Columbia for $10,000 based on a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff also seeks an order to compel the University to award her a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in History, which she allegedly was denied because of the professor’s “intentional behavior [that] caused [her] severe mental distress.”

Issue

Decision

Plaintiff states that the University “violated Title IX by denying [her] right to an education,” but she has alleged no supporting facts. Therefore, no federal question is presented, and the $10,000 amount in controversy is well below the threshold to establish diversity jurisdiction. A separate order of dismissal accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.

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