Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Amanda Zelechoski


Arts and Sciences



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Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2018


I will be submitting an Amicus Curiae Brief on a current civil case in Michigan, “Minor Plaintiffs v Thunder Bay Transportation Authority,” in which I research company liability for sexual assaults perpetrated by an employee. This case stems off of a 2016 closed case, “State of Michigan v Andrew Bartz”, whereas Bartz was convicted of molesting multiple special-needs children while they were on the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority (TBTA) bus line. Bartz, an employee of TBTA, he took advantage of the children of the bus sexually. TBTA had cameras on the bus line, but Bartz was not caught for his criminal behavior for over a year.

“Minor Plaintiffs v Thunder Bay Transportation Authority” is a civil case where the families of the victims are seeking justice for TBTA’s negligence in not checking the videotapes and seeing Bartz’ misconduct. Currently, TBTA’s attorney has contracted a neuropsychology facility to diagnose the children’s psychological damage from the assaults; they plan to use this information to monetarily compensate the victims based on the number of sexual assaults the children suffered and the psychological damage and trauma each child sustained.

My Amicus Curiae Brief will be an argument of how the court should favor in the case of “Minor Plaintiffs v Thunder Bay Transportation Authority” based on empirical research that I conduct on the issue of company liability and subsequent compensation for sexual assaults perpetrated by an employee of said company. The empirical research will be primarily from literature found on legal and neuropsychological databases.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Allyse Donarski is a senior undergraduate student at Valparaiso University in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is a student leader in Student Senate, an intern for the Valpo SAAFE Office, and does research for Dr. David Rowland in the Psychology Department. She will be graduating in Fall of 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology.