Napa appellate attorney Alan Charles "Chuck" Dell’Ario secured a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of California on behalf of a student named student Katherine Rosen and all 3.5 million California college students.
On March 22, the high court ruled that “universities have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence during curricular activities.”
The case involves an attack in 2009 when a student known to UCLA authorities as being emotionally unstable stabbed Rosen in the chemistry lab, almost killing her. UCLA denied all responsibility.
California courts had previously refused to recognize such a duty. Rosen’s case against UCLA may now move forward and the precedent ensures that all colleges will be accountable for student safety in the classroom and elsewhere curricular activities are undertaken, said a statement from Dell’Ario.
“We are gratified that the court recognized that students are “special” and entitled to classrooms that are safe," said Dell’Ario.