Doe v. Stonehill College, Inc., No. 21-1227 (1st Cir. 2022)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit reversed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint against Stonehill College for breach of contract, sex discrimination in violation of Title IX, negligence, and defamation, holding that the district court erred in dismissing Plaintiff's breach of contract claim.
Plaintiff brought this complaint after he was expelled for violating Stonehill College's sexual misconduct policy by engaging in "nonconsensual sexual intercourse," alleging that the disciplinary process in his case was unfair and biased. The district court dismissed the complaint under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6). The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of the breach of contract claim and otherwise affirmed, holding (1) Plaintiff stated a breach of contract claim under both theories available to him under Massachusetts law; and (2) Plaintiff's remaining claims failed to state a claim.