WKU student files lawsuit against university, citing negligence in alleged assault

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A WKU student has filed a lawsuit against Western Kentucky University where court documents say she is claiming negligence in regard to her protection on campus.

According to court documents, the lawsuit was originally filed on Jan. 25 naming WKU and Quandell Crowe as defendants but was later amended on Feb. 3 to also include WKU president Timothy Caboni and Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

The lawsuit states the plaintiff filed a complaint against the defendants for “negligence, false imprisonment, assault and battery and negligent infliction of emotional distress,” court documents state.

A police citation by the WKU Police Department states the plaintiff reported Jan. 27, 2022 that she was beaten by Crowe in her dorm.

Police stated the plaintiff had injuries to her face, right hand and knee but was not transported to the hospital.

Crowe was charged with fourth-degree assault (minor injury) following the incident.

The lawsuit further states in court documents that another WKU student had called WKU police in the past and said Crowe lived in her dorm despite him not being a WKU student. That student told police Crowe possessed a handgun, which court documents say WKU police confirmed he possessed on campus in his vehicle.

Court documents state Crowe was not cited or asked to leave the dorm or campus after the prior incident.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s complaint is that WKU had a responsibility to protect her as a student housed in a campus dorm and that it failed to do so.