“Peterson was known as a professor that exchanged good grades for sex,” the complaint says.
One faculty member reported the alleged harassment to a department chair, but it wasn’t forwarded to the office assigned to handle such complaints. The student said he filed a formal complaint in December 2017, but Morehouse said it didn’t receive the complaint. The student resubmitted the complaint in January.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court.
The student said he suffered academically and left in fall 2017. Administrators did little to help him when he attempted to return to Morehouse at the start of this semester, the student and his family claims. The student, who no longer attends Morehouse, is seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages.
“The trauma of what transpired made it difficult for him to function daily, let alone continue his education at Morehouse,” said the student’s attorney, Cade Parian.
Documents filed by the student’s attorney said Peterson was put on administrative leave and an external investigator recommended termination. Peterson no longer teaches at Morehouse.
Peterson “vehemently denied” the allegations, according to internal documents in the lawsuit complaint. A telephone call and email to Peterson for comment were not returned.
Morehouse said in a statement it does not comment on pending litigation.