The Connecticut branch of the United States District Court denied former basketball captain Jack Montague’s motion to receive injunctive relief in Hartford on March 8.
Originally expelled in February 2016 for violating University policies on sexual misconduct, Montague filed a lawsuit against the University in June. The motion for injunctive relief, which sought to prevent the University from enforcing his expulsion, was filed on Oct. 31.
In the injunction, Montague argued that “[w]ithout injunctive relief . . . [he] will not graduate from college and he will not enter a post-graduate degree program, nor will he be able to secure the same types of employment opportunities he would have been able to secure with a degree from Yale,” and that “neither money damages nor eventual reinstatement can turn back time, or erase the toxic stain of a finding of sexual misconduct.”
To merit the injunction, which is a type of court order that requires parties to continue or cease particular actions, Montague argued that he will suffer “irreparable harm” from the delay in completing his education, failure to graduate with his contemporaries and the possibility of decreased employment opportunities. The motion called for Montague to be reinstated at the University this spring term.
According to documents obtained by the News, the Connecticut branch of the U.S. District Court concluded that while Montague may suffer “harm” from his expulsion, he failed to “sufficiently” demonstrate that he would indeed suffer “irreparable harm” to merit the injunction. Judge Alfred Covello cited nine cases for precedent and concluded that the harms Montague alleged can be adequately remedied by money damages, adding that should Montague win his lawsuit against the University and be reinstated, he will have suffered a delay in his education comparable to a suspension — which the court determined to be rectifiable through monetary compensation.
The court has yet to rule on the charges brought forth in Montague’s complaint.