It’s a familiar story: A student is suing a university over the alleged mishandling of a sexual assault report. But the suit filed in federal court in New York City last month against Columbia University has a different twist: The student is male — and his complaint is that he was denied due process when the university suspended him for a year and a half on a complaint of sexual misconduct.
According to the suit, the student, identified only as John Doe, had a consensual “hookup” with his accuser, a fellow student and his roommate’s ex-girlfriend, in the bathroom of her dorm room, shortly before the end of the 2013 spring term. He claims that the woman invited him to her dorm for a sexual encounter. In the next several days, he says, she texted him to express concern about how their encounter would be perceived in their social circle if it became known.
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