Judge affirms KU’s expulsion of man for stalking female students, dismisses 1 of his lawsuits against school
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The University of Kansas was not wrong to expel a man for sexually harassing and stalking female students, a judge has ruled.
With Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin’s recent order, one of Ray Kamila’s two lawsuits against the university has been dismissed.
KU expelled Kamila in fall 2017, banned him from campus for 10 years, and put a notation on his transcript that the expulsion was for “nonacademic misconduct.”
Kamila’s lawsuit, filed in December 2017, claimed KU disciplined him unfairly and asked the court to nullify the university’s actions. But according to the judgment signed by Martin, Kamila failed to prove that KU’s actions were invalid on any of the grounds he claimed.
The conduct that got Kamila expelled is detailed in court filings by both sides.
Among other documents, Kamila himself filed KU’s entire written summary of its Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access investigation findings. According to that document:
He met the women at gatherings of different college Christian organizations.
He sent dozens of unwanted messages to one woman, such as this one: “I have a crush on you … I will be giving you a list of my desires. I will also make sure to point things out to you about why do I like you or why am I attracted to you as well.”
To the second woman, he texted messages, selfies, Bible verses and audio files of songs from a religious website focused on marriage and sexual purity. Wanting to be kind, she sent some friendly responses but eventually replied, “Stop talking to me.”
In addition to in-person encounters the women said scared them, Kamila also contacted them through unknown phone numbers and social media profiles with made-up names.
To some of the women’s friends, relatives and church group leaders who tried to intervene, Kamila responded with curse-filled messages and by tacking up fliers at Jayhawker Towers calling them “pedophiles” and members of a “fake ministry.”
“The evidence presented during the hearing shows a pattern of behavior by you, where you are unequivocally told that your behavior is unwelcome, but you persist in your unreasonable belief that everything is a misunderstanding and that if you are able to continue contacting the person you have been told not to contact then it will be cleared up,” Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs, wrote in a letter informing Kamila of KU’s discipline. “This is particularly concerning.”
In his second lawsuit against KU — which remains pending before a different district court judge — Kamila discloses more information about himself.
“Plaintiff has a mental disability that inhibits his ability to recognize and act in conformity with widely held social norms,” his attorney in that case wrote in one filing.
“Plaintiff is not a native-born U.S. citizen and is not familiar with cultural norms of native-born citizens. Because Plaintiff’s conduct did not conform with cultural norms, KU imposed unduly harsh penalties upon the Plaintiff resulting in his expulsion from KU.”
The second suit, filed in March 2018, alleges that Kamila was discriminated against when he wasn’t hired for a student position with the KU police department. He claimed the discrimination was based on his race, sex, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, ethnicity and disability.
Kamila further alleged that a KU police deputy chief violated his privacy and “stalked” him after he applied.
In subsequent filings, Kamila specified that he is a U.S. citizen of Indian descent, a Hindu, and a U.S. military veteran who has been diagnosed with mental and physical disabilities, though he does not specify what those are. He said he was a student at KU from May 2014 until August 2017, and at one point was offered a position as a teaching assistant in the physics department.
In May 2018, at a court hearing for the first lawsuit, Kamila’s attorney said his client at that time was living in Oregon, working a part-time job and hoping to get back into school to continue his education.
In KU’s filings in that case, the university pointed out that Kamila’s conduct here wasn’t the first time he’d faced consequences for harassing and stalking behavior.
A letter from the university hearing panel says that he admitted to being expelled or suspended from Kansas State University for “disciplinary actions,” had a protection from stalking order issued by Sedgwick County District Court and two other unrelated no-contact directives at KU.