Ryerson University Student Suing School For $10M Because Of Facebook Study Group

Posted Mar 23, 2010

A Ryerson University engineering student named Chris Avenir faced 147 charges of academic misconduct two years ago when he created a Facebook group called “discuss/post solutions” for homework. Avenir even faced expulsion from the Toronto, Ontario school.

Now Avenir has filed a $10 million class action lawsuit against the university. Avenir said that students that were enrolled at Ryerson were denied the right to have a lawyer present during disciplinary hearings.

The document filed by Avenir says that the university violated its policy that require all hearings to comply with the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, which guarantees people to have the right to a legal counsel. The university plans to defend itself against the allegations. [Chronicle]