COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A recent graduate of the University of South Carolina is suing the university, the school's president, and professor in a lawsuit claiming she was made to participate in manual labor during a study abroad trip and was also subjected to unwanted sexual advances from a professor.
Allison Dunavant, a recent graduate of the university's School of Visual Art and Design's graduate program, filed the lawsuit which names university President Harris Pastides, Professor David Voros, and the International Center for the Arts, or ICA, as defendants.
Voros is a co-owner and director of ICA headquartered in Italy.
The case was filed in the Richland County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday.
The suit claims that during a 2016 study abroad trip to Italy, Dunavant said the professor required her to perform manual labor, restricted Dunavant's access to food when she did not perform work to Voros' expectations and subjected Dunavant to unwelcomed sexual advances.
The nature of the manual labor is detailed in the lawsuit:
The lawsuit also claims that Dunavant walked in on Voros and another student on the trip having sex, and claims the professor asked her to have sex with him as well.
After two weeks in Italy, the University flew Dunavant back home early.
She claims the university did not listen to her claims and did nothing to protect her against retaliation from USC administration and faculty members.
Dunavant is represented in this case by Samantha Albrecht of Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks. Samantha Albrecht supplied the following comment:
Dunavant is asking for a jury trial to assess an amount of the damages.
We've reached out to the university for comment on this lawsuit and they sent the following statement Tuesday evening: