University responds to court summons

by Editor-in-Chief Jasmine Fleming

The university responded Aug. 10 to the court summons it received for the case of Mitchell v. University of North Alabama in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Northwestern Division.

The response asks for Director of Environmental Services and Housing Facilities Management Audrey Mitchell “to provide a more definite statement of her complaint.”

If a complaint is “so vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a response,” the defendant can “move for a more definite statement and ask the court to require the plaintiff to restate his claims with the required specificity,” according to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e).

The university’s response also claims it is unclear whether all “asserted facts” in the lawsuit relate to the counts of race discrimination and retaliation or if Mitchell intends to pursue additional counts.

In the case, Josh Harrison of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Birmingham represents UNA.