Nova Southeastern University v. Gross, Court Case

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Full Title:

Nova Southeastern University v. Gross, 758 So.2d 86


Content Warning: Assault

Bethany Jill Gross, a twenty-three year old graduate student attending Nova Southeastern University, was criminally assaulted while leaving an off-campus internship site. Gross filed a negligence action against Nova based on Nova’s alleged negligence in assigning her to perform an internship at a facility which Nova knew was unreasonably dangerous and presented an unreasonable risk of harm. The trial court granted summary judgment for Nova, finding that there was no duty…. The facts, as alleged in the sworn affidavits and other record evidence, and presented in the light most favorable to [Gross], the non-moving party, are briefly summarized as follows. [Gross] moved to Fort Lauderdale from North Carolina to study at Nova Southeastern University in the doctorate psychology program. As part of the curriculum, she was required to complete an eleven-month internship, called a “practicum.” Nova provides each student with a listing of the approved practicum sites, complete with a description of the type of experience offered at each site. Each student selects six internships from the list and is placed, by Nova, at one of the selected sites. [Gross] submitted her six selections and was assigned, by Nova, to Family Services Agency, Inc. (“FSA”).

Accordingly, we answer the certified question in the affirmative and approve the decision of the Fourth District.

Source Citation:

NOVA Southeastern University, Inc. v. Gross. 2000. 758 So. 2d 86 (Fla. 2000).

Cite this page:

N/A. 2000. "Nova Southeastern University v. Gross, Court Case." History of Higher Education.