Syracuse University Unsuccessful in Dismissing Two Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

A judge in Onondaga County has denied Syracuse University’s motions to dismiss lawsuits involving sexual abuse allegations against a former student.

Conrad Mainwaring, a former Syracuse student, was accused of over 40 instances of sexual abuse in 2019, 14 of which are from the Syracuse area.

The two lawsuits Syracuse attempted to have dismissed allege that the school knowingly and willingly failed to conduct investigations into claims that Mainwaring was sexually abusing boys in his dorm. 

Mainwaring was a resident adviser at the time, and later worked at Colgate University admissions office during the late 1980s. 

Syracuse argued that the plaintiff is not protected by the Child Victim Act because he was 17 years old when the alleged abuse occurred in 1982, which is the age of consent. 

The judge denied the motions to dismiss the negligent hiring allegations, but did dismiss claims against the school’s board of trustees specifically since it was not named in the allegations.

Syracuse has not commented on the ruling due to its policy on pending litigation, according to its communications team.

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