SCRANTON, Pa. – The Latest on a Pennsylvania state university administrator fired over alleged sexual misconduct with students (all times local):
A former state university administrator has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Pennsylvania's higher education agency, claiming it fired him for sexual misconduct with students based on unfounded "rumors and innuendo."
Isaac Sanders, who is black, claims he suffered a "public lynching" when East Stroudsburg University fired him a decade ago following an investigation conducted by an outside law firm.
Sanders is seeking $50 million from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the agency that oversees East Stroudsburg and 13 other state universities. He also wants his vice president's job back.
Six students filed a federal lawsuit against Sanders, claiming he sexually harassed and assaulted them. A jury sided with Sanders, and the students lost their appeals.
A State System spokesman says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Pennsylvania is forcing three former state university students who say they were sexually abused by a high-ranking administrator to pay $10,000 in court costs after a jury ruled against them in their federal lawsuit nearly four years ago.
Their lawyer is denouncing the legal maneuver as outrageous and vindictive and says he will appeal it.
The state attorney general's office, representing East Stroudsburg University, says it's "standard procedure" to seek repayment of court costs.
East Stroudsburg fired former Vice President Isaac Sanders in 2008 following an investigation by Pennsylvania's higher-education agency. But a jury ruled against the plaintiffs after a 2014 trial. This week, the court granted East Stroudsburg's request to recover its litigation costs from the former students.