Former Student Sues Webster U. Over Dismissal From Graduate Program

A former graduate student at Webster University has filed a lawsuit in which he says the Missouri institution dismissed him in March from a master’s program in counseling on the grounds that he lacked empathy in taped counseling sessions that were part of the program. The former student, David Schwartz, says he was dismissed after he wrote an anonymous letter to a dean criticizing a professor’s teaching methods and noting a romantic relationship between that professor and an administrator, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Schwartz is claiming up to $1-million in losses and seeking at least $2-million in punitive damages through the lawsuit, which was filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The university declined to comment to the newspaper.

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