5 former students sue Canisius College after probe of alleged sexual harassment

The former students claim the college retaliated them against after they complained about a professor.

Canisius College faces a federal lawsuit over past claims that a well-known biology professor was alleged to have sexually harassed female students, The Buffalo News reports.

The trustees of the college in Buffalo, New York, are being sued by five former students who claim the college retaliated them against after they alleged in 2019 that professor Michael Noonan sexually harassed them on research trips and on campus, according to The Buffalo News

The said the complaints were thoroughly investigated and leaders are confident their response at the time was appropriate, Canisius said in a statement to the newspaper. The college also denied retaliating.

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Last year, three former student athletes sued the college, a track and field coach and a male athlete claiming that leaders ignored allegations of “discrimination, harassment and sexual assault” that occurred in 2016 and 2018, Canisius’ student newspaper, The Griffin, reported.

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