Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., is being sued by a former student-athlete seeking damages in excess of $102 million for emotional distress, loss of athletic opportunities and damage to his reputation, according to WSET.

Cameron Jackson was named in a press release by the university in September, which outlined the details of a university investigation into reports of sexual assault implicating Jackson and a fellow football team member.

The release further stated that Jackson had violated the university’s honor code and sexual assault and harassment policy. Both players were later cleared and no charges were pressed as there was insufficient evidence to pursue.

Now, Jackson has leveled a defamation suit against the university, claiming that the premature press release was a violation of his Title IX rights. Five university employees are named in the lawsuit. The university responded in an official statement Wednesday, saying,


Liberty University has carefully calibrated its Title IX policies and procedures to comply with requirements of federal law and agency guidance, and in the process, to be equally fair to complaining students and accused students alike, whether male or female. These even-handed policies and procedures were followed in Mr. Jackson’s case.
Liberty University has not breached any agreement or obligation to anyone accused of violating its Title IX policies. Mr. Jackson is no exception.

Courtney Cameron is Editorial Assistant of Athletic Business.