Notre Dame academic coach accused of sexual harassment fired by the university before lawsuit was filed

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A Notre Dame academic coach accused of pressuring a male student into a sexual relationship with her daughter was fired by the university two weeks before the student filed a lawsuit against the school, the South Bend Tribune reported.

The student received a letter from Notre Dame alerting him that their internal review found that the woman violated Notre Dame’s values and sexual harassment policy, the Tribune reported. The letter was dated Oct. 16 and was signed by Karrah Miller, Notre Dame’s Title IX coordinator and director of Notre Dame’s Office of Institutional Equity.

This comes after the law firm of Anderson, Agostino & Keller filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame, claiming that the university knew of the accusations and did nothing. 

According to the lawsuit, the student suffered sexual harassment and racial discrimination from the woman, who was his academic coach.

The woman allegedly pressured the student into having sex with her daughter, who attended a nearby school and also worked at Notre Dame. The woman would arrange sexual encounters between the pair and question the student about them.

Peter J. Agostino, the lawyer who is representing the unnamed student, told USA Today that four or five other students have contacted his law firm since news of the lawsuit was published Friday, Oct. 30.

Notre Dame Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne told the Tribune that the allegations in the lawsuit are unfounded and that any mention of student athletes is “an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity.”

Read more about the lawsuit in the full stories from the South Bend Tribune and USA Today.