College Sues 32-Year-Old Who Won't Leave Dorm

Hunter College says former student owes nearly $100K, and she's fighting the case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2018 8:58 AM CST
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(Newser) – A New York City college is trying to evict a 32-year-old former student it says is illegally squatting in her dorm room. Hunter College has filed a lawsuit against Lisa Palmer, saying the woman owes more than $94,000 in unpaid residence hall fees since she dropped out in 2016, per the AP. The lawsuit says Palmer was denied summer housing in 2016. She remained in her dorm, despite the school sending several notices that she would be charged $150 a day if she stayed.

Palmer was issued a 30-day eviction notice in September 2017. She refused to leave, prompting the school to file its lawsuit. Palmer, a former geography major, says she plans to stay in the dorm while she fights the case. She rejects the school's assertion that she dropped out, telling the New York Post that the college refused to allow her to register for classes in 2016 after she contested her housing and tuition fees. "I felt that it was a miscommunication initially, but after I met with the dean I felt that they were starting to treat me unfairly," she said. "It was like, 'Get out.'" She now works for an architectural firm. A Hunter College spokesperson says they cannot comment on pending litigation.

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