The University of South Alabama is facing a lawsuit filed by a student who says his rights were violated when USA found him responsible for two reported sexual assaults. The lawsuit alleges the processes USA used to investigate the allegations against the male student relied heavily on “hearsay” testimony, biased administrators and a closed-door hearing led by a panel of improperly trained students and faculty members.
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Title IX Lawsuits
Falsely accused are fighting back with Title IX and other lawsuits. Some wins, some losses.
Since 2014, at least four students suspended or expelled for violating MSU’s sexual misconduct policy have sued the university over a lack of due process in how their cases were handled. This 5th lawsuit alleges that there were serious problems with MSU’s investigation, and that key facts that corroborated the accused’s story were disregarded, and that individuals weren’t interviewed under oath and the investigator’s notes weren’t provided to the accused. The accused, who was then a 22-year-old senior, met the accuser in the fall of 2016 through Jack’d, a gay chatting and dating app, according to the investigatory report. The senior invited the freshman to tailgate in October and both admitted to drinking and kissing during the day. Their stories diverge from there.
lansingstatejournal.com By RJ Wolcott
Two Nashville lawsuits reflect a new chapter in the debate over how colleges respond to sexual assault claims, echoing concerns over Title IX outlined this month by Betsy DeVos. At Belmont U. John Doe was cleared of sexual misconduct but later expelled for being “purposefully untruthful.” Doe’s lawsuit says the woman who accused him of assault was not similarly punished for being “the untruthful party.” And in May, a student identified in court papers as Z.J. sued Vanderbilt University saying he had been wrongfully accused of sexual assault. The Belmont and Vanderbilt lawsuits come in the midst of a sea change involving Title IX.
tennessean.com [SOS disagrees with Tennessean rape stats] CNN “Surveys that get you to one in five or one in four are highly misleading if not fraudulent.”
A male student who says he was falsely accused of sexual assault and kicked out of Northwestern University has filed suit against the university, asserting he was discriminated against by university administrators amid a biased investigative process designed only to side with a female accuser he said twisted a consensual sex act into a rape accusation. ‘John Doe’ is demanding Northwestern reverse its findings and expunge his record, allowing him to resume an academic journey that has been “shattered” by what he says were false accusations brought by a female student angry over a breakup.
Kyle Carrington, a former Liberty University football player, has filed suit against LU, its spokesman Len Stevens and the accuser who made sexual assault allegations against him. Carrington joins former Flames Cameron Jackson and Avery James in suing Liberty, Stevens and the accuser in separate lawsuits related to the sexual assault claim and subsequent LU investigation. “Mr. Carrington’s primary goal is to clear his good name. He also desires to be properly compensated for the damage that has been done to his future and his reputation,” Rebecca Wetzel, Carrington’s attorney.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
A second football player caught up in a Title IX investigation at Liberty University has sued the school, university spokesman Len Stevens, and the accuser who brought sexual assault allegations against him. Avery James, a former Flames defensive back, filed suit alleging violation of his Title IX rights by Liberty, two counts of defamation by LU, two counts of defamation against Stevens, and two counts of defamation against the former LU student athlete who accused him and two other football players of sexual assault related to an incident dating back to August 2015. James is seeking a total of $100.2 million in damages from the three defendants.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
St. Scholastica is facing legal trouble for its alleged response to a sexual assault. John Doe the accused, filed a federal lawsuit claiming the school’s policies state that investigations of sexual misconduct are to be conducted by trained investigators. But Doe alleged those who investigated are experts in educational decisions, not allegations such as this. According to Doe, the woman threatened to press charges if he continued to fight for his rights. Doe claimed he reported this retaliation to the school, and that the school ignored him.
Put on suicide watch, tried and convicted in absentia…A Texas A&M University cadet says he was suspended following sexual misconduct charges he never got to see – because he was hospitalized. A federal lawsuit claims “John Doe” was unable to “meaningfully defend himself” when Title IX investigators refused to reschedule a conduct meeting that would have revealed the specific accusations of his partner, with whom he had an open sexual relationship.“ At all times John Doe was deemed guilty” says the suit. “This extreme and severe sanction was not warranted in light of the lack of evidence.” When John was permitted access to a computer from in-patient treatment, he learned he had been found responsible on all charges: sexual contact, sexual abuse, dating violence and “Conduct Unbecoming a Cadet.”
thecollegefix.com By Kayla Schierbecker
A U.S. district court judge has ruled former Liberty University football player Cameron Jackson can move forward with seven of the 18 claims in his lawsuit filed against the school and other defendants. The lawsuit seeks approximately $100 million in compensation for damages to Jackson’s academic and athletic career, as well as to his reputation. The lawsuit casts doubts on the accuser’s charges and alleges she acted maliciously, the response of Liberty and its employees was inept and that staff did not protect Jackson from on-campus harassment aimed at him by other LU students, which caused Jackson to stop attending classes.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
Attorneys for former USC kicker Matt Boermeester have filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to have his expulsion from the school overturned. Boermeester, who kicked the winning field goal in the Rose Bowl in January, was removed from the football team later that month after an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, outside her home. The kicker was expelled in July after an investigation by USC’s Title IX office. Matt’s girlfriend, Zoe Katz called USC’s Title IX investigation “horrible and unjust.” She was adamant that she has “never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt.”