Petition to fire NU Dean of Students gains more than 1,000 signatures

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — A petition asking Niagara University to fire its Dean of Students, Carrie McLaughlan, has gained more than 1,000 signatures.

The petition accuses McLaughlin of several things, including a notable accusation having to do with sexual assault.

According to the petition, a student had went to the Dean to report that a student-athlete had sexually assaulted her. The student says McLaughlin told her she was “trying to ruin the athlete’s career.”

University officials released a statement saying they are reviewing the matter. They said they met with the student who posted the petition and “are committed to continued conversation and will continue to do our best to protect all our students from assault and also from the misinformation that may arise from allegations.”

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