Morgan practice canceled in wake of adviser's lawsuit

April 14, 1993|By From Staff Reports

A spring football practice at Morgan State was canceled yesterday, one day after the school's former athletic academic coordinator filed a suit claiming she was demoted for rebuffing alleged sexual advances from coach Ricky Diggs.

Diggs, who could not be reached for comment, met with school administrators yesterday morning and then left the campus for the day. Signs posted around Hill Field House notified players of the cancellation. Practice is expected to resume this afternoon.

As of yesterday, school officials said they had not been served with the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday by Elizabeth Stearns. She claims that she was demoted to academic adviser in part as retaliation to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint she filed against the school last year.

Neither Raymond Downs, the school's vice president of student affairs who is named as a defendant in the suit, nor Fred Douglass, the Morgan State spokesman, would comment on the suit.

"We'll have our legal counsel look at it," said Douglass.

Stearns claims in the suit that sexual harassment from Diggs began one month after she arrived at Morgan in August 1991 as the school's academic coordinator for intercollegiate athletics.

She claims that, as a result of rebuffing the advances, she was removed as the academic coordinator for the football team in November and again demoted last month when she was named an academic adviser.

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