Seton Hall University reassigns gay student unfairly says lawyer

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Jesse Cruz, a gay student, at Seton Hall University in South Orange has alleged he was removed from his dorm in the fall of 2010 because he is gay. He is suing the University for damages. The Catholic University policy is that any student can change their living arrangement for any reason, but when Cruz’s roommate complained he didn’t want to room with Cruz, it was Cruz that was removed, not the roomie with the complaint.

Cruz alleges this was because of his sexual orientation.  A spokesman for Seton Hall said that the school has not seen the lawsuit, so therefore it is unable to comment at this time.

Cruz states he was forced to sleep on the floor of a friend’s room for two weeks in the fall while he waited to be allowed to move back to his original room. An attorney for the university has denied bias, and Cruz has since been returned to his original room without incident. Cruz’s attorney Rosemarie Arnold said, “On a moral level, we are seeking to make sure that this never happens again. We as parents send our children into the real world for the first time when we send them to college, and we expect the college to treat them responsibly.”

Seton Hall University spokesman Greg Tobin has not yet responded when asked to explain the University actions last fall. 

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Jesse Cruz, a gay student, at Seton Hall University in South Orange has alleged he was removed from his dorm in the fall of 2010 because he is gay. He is suing the University for damages. The Catholic University policy is that any student can change their living arrangement for any reason, but when Cruz’s roommate complained he didn’t want to room with Cruz, it was Cruz that was removed, not the roomie with the complaint.