STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

UNA files motion to dismiss Jane Doe lawsuit

In a set of new court documents filed on January 4th, eight UNA employees from the president of UNA down to the Title IX coordinator each give an outline of the steps they took to get former Dickerson off campus and what they say they did to protect Jane Doe. The documents also go into details about the investigation into Dickerson conducted by the university.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 5:30 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2018 8:20 PM

At the start of the new year, the University of North Alabama filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit against them filed by a former student.

The suit claims the university tried to cover up the former students alleged sexual assault by a former professor.

The former student who filed the suit is named as "Jane Doe." Doe and her attorney's brought the lawsuit against UNA in August 2017. Doe claims former UNA professor David Dickerson sexually assaulted her while on an overnight university trip to Orlando Florida in 2015.

According to Doe's lawsuit, the university never took a written statement about the incident from her and never reported it to police. The lawsuit also claims UNA failed to do proper background checks on Dickerson.

In a set of new court documents filed on Jan. 4, eight UNA employees from the president down to the Title IX coordinator each give an outline of the steps they took to get Dickerson off campus and what they say they did to protect Jane Doe. The documents also go into details about the university's investigation into Dickerson.

UNA's Title IX coordinator, Tammy Jacques, stated in her court filings, said she was made aware of a possible Title IX violation on Nov. 24 2015, about incidents involving Jane Doe and David Dickerson.

She said since it was close to Thanksgiving break and the information she had was incomplete she decided to contact Doe after the break. On Dec. 1 Doe and Jacques were supposed to meet, but Jacques claims Doe canceled last minute.

Jacques said in court documents, "She told me she did not want to meet with me. She told me she did not want to go forward and did not wish to file any kind of report. She would not discuss with me anything that happened on the trip -- just that she did not want to do anything."

According to court documents, UNA officials also tried to reach out to Jane Doe's roommate from the Orlando trip, but she never responded to them.

On Dec. 2 and 3 Jacques said two male students, who were on the Orlando trip and allegedly took pictures of Dickerson's behavior, were interviewed. Jacques said they witnessed Jane Doe and Dickerson "making out at the swimming pool during the Orlando trip."

In Jane Doe's lawsuit she claims Dickerson was pawing at her while she was at the pool area and kept touching her, which made her feel uncomfortable so she left the swimming pool area.

On Dec. 8 UNA officials interviewed Dickerson. At that meeting they say he "admitted to some but not all of the interaction with the plantiff in the swimming pool. He denied all other suggestion of inappropriate interaction with Jane Doe."

Later on in the documents it says Jane Doe did meet with Jana Beaver, the College of Business associate dean and gave her a verbal statement of what happened on the Orlando trip.

Beaver stated in court documents she advised Doe not to come to campus in order to avoid Dickerson, and there were only a few days left in the semester. Beaver also advised Doe not to go to any locations outside of UNA where Dickerson would frequent, like downtown Florence.

On Dec. 9, 2015 Doe texted Beaver to tell her Dickerson was having a Christmas party with some of his students at a bar in downtown Florence. Beaver thanked her for the information and said she would contact some of the students and ask them not to attend the gathering.

UNA officials met on Dec. 14 and decided to ban Dickerson from campus and not renew his contract. UNA claims had they outright fired Dickerson he could have brought grievences and drawn out the process. They said their goal was to get him off campus as soon as possible.

Just last month, Dickerson filed a $7 million claim against UNA with the Alabama State Board of Adjustment.

UNA said in a statement, "Jane Doe is claiming on one hand that UNA should have fired Dickerson before his one-year contract ran out. Dickerson on the other hand is claiming that his employment should not have been terminated at all."

UNA officials said all of the claims should be dismissed and if they are not, they will ask the court to add Dickerson as a party to the lawsuit so they court system can decide whether Dickerson is responsible for injury to Jane Doe.

You can click here to read UNA's full statement on the latest filings in the Jane Doe case.

Huntsville/Madison
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Muscle Shoals
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 47°
Huntsville/Madison
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 41°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 44°
Fort Payne
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 44°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 426543

Reported Deaths: 6126
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson62752920
Mobile30551554
Madison27303186
Tuscaloosa20835267
Montgomery19192305
Shelby18693114
Baldwin16513183
Lee12603101
Morgan12321113
Etowah11805168
Calhoun11206200
Marshall10236107
Houston8681148
Cullman8094105
Limestone807474
Elmore7923101
DeKalb771597
Lauderdale763183
St. Clair7599120
Talladega6224108
Walker5930174
Jackson583741
Colbert535473
Blount532083
Autauga522755
Coffee446256
Dale399781
Franklin368148
Chilton337865
Russell335910
Covington330168
Escambia321342
Dallas305196
Chambers288669
Clarke283133
Tallapoosa2630107
Pike251329
Marion247350
Lawrence245247
Winston229035
Bibb217047
Geneva203335
Marengo200829
Pickens196931
Hale177442
Barbour173836
Fayette171226
Butler170758
Cherokee160930
Henry155021
Monroe147317
Randolph141535
Washington138326
Clay127045
Crenshaw120244
Cleburne118423
Lamar118419
Macon116835
Lowndes111535
Wilcox103621
Bullock99728
Perry98219
Conecuh95120
Sumter89526
Greene76223
Coosa60515
Choctaw51524
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 690065

Reported Deaths: 8471
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby767471128
Davidson71148672
Knox38985408
Hamilton34813329
Rutherford33298287
Unassigned22950127
Williamson21507140
Sumner18322232
Out of TN1618380
Wilson14511158
Montgomery14507149
Sullivan12634211
Blount12029126
Washington11949192
Maury11003123
Bradley1083891
Sevier10534108
Putnam9968140
Madison9163179
Robertson766685
Hamblen7018109
Anderson6818104
Greene6615108
Tipton622665
Gibson5656111
Coffee564882
Cumberland542173
Dickson540479
Bedford532889
Roane522979
Carter5115114
Lawrence511469
McMinn510073
Warren500053
Loudon497450
Jefferson480875
Dyer477282
Monroe459462
Hawkins448170
Franklin413062
Obion400580
Fayette399351
Rhea382856
Lincoln379844
Marshall346336
Cocke345656
Weakley341248
Cheatham338130
Henderson333857
Campbell325840
Giles323072
Carroll312759
White311743
Hardeman310452
Hardin298947
Lauderdale294331
Macon289350
Wayne262219
Henry261958
Overton254643
DeKalb242741
McNairy241042
Haywood240645
Smith231727
Marion229231
Trousdale228914
Scott226231
Hickman224934
Claiborne215929
Fentress213231
Grainger209636
Johnson202232
Morgan189815
Crockett180938
Bledsoe174910
Chester174837
Unicoi167944
Cannon158119
Lake156019
Decatur147726
Polk143817
Union139923
Grundy139321
Sequatchie137618
Humphreys133517
Benton132435
Lewis127720
Meigs114916
Stewart105820
Jackson104322
Perry94825
Clay94026
Houston93922
Moore8089
Pickett68020
Van Buren6637
Hancock4056

Community Events