5/5/2018 7:45:00 The Ohio State University students’ union on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the university over its handling of the student rioting last month at its Ohio Statehouse.
The lawsuit claims the university’s handling of protests at the time violated Ohio’s student conduct code and federal student privacy laws.
The school was also accused of failing to adequately investigate the riots and not taking appropriate action to prevent a future similar protest.
The suit was filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by the Cleveland-based student-government association, the Student Government Association, which is affiliated with the university and the Cleveland Browns football team.
It seeks to prohibit the university from taking any action related to the rioting, including sanctions and damages.
The university’s attorneys, the Cleveland Public Law Office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The student-organized protest at Ohio State in January over the proposed construction of a new stadium for the Cleveland Indians, sparked by the death of former Browns owner Art Modell, prompted a national backlash against the school, with a slew of protests and violent clashes between police and students.
At least 14 people were killed during the protests, according to the university.
The students’ lawsuit also alleges that the university failed to take adequate steps to prevent student rioters from disrupting the school’s events, including the removal of a number of rioters and barricades, as well as the use of pepper spray and other lethal force against protesters.