A federal judge is allowing a former physician assistant student’s defamation lawsuit to continue against Shenandoah University, finding the plaintiff adequately alleged that officials made published statements that may be provably false and that contain the requisite “sting” of defamation.

The plaintiff, identified as John Doe, claimed he requested accommodations after he was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. In response, he alleged, university officials made four separate attempts to dismiss him from the physician assistant program.