November 13, 2018

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Chicago Expelled a Male Student 4 Days Before Graduation Because His Ex Made a Dubious Sexual Violence Claim. He’s suing the school, and the accuser, and good.

A former student who was expelled for sexual misconduct just four days before graduating is suing the University of Chicago for allegedly violating his due process rights.

He has also sued his accuser—his ex-girlfriend—which is a rare step for those seeking justice in such cases. Most lawsuits born of shoddy campus sexual misconduct adjudication solely target the institution.

That the accused student, “John Doe,” has chosen to sue his accuser, “Jane Roe,” is indicative of the serious, malicious actions he ascribes to her. According to Doe’s lawsuit, their relationship was entirely consensual, and Roe did not dispute that. After they broke up, they continued to have sex, and those encounters were all consensual as well. Roe did not allege wrongdoing until her friends—to whom she had trash-talked Doe, and promised to stop seeing her ex—discovered she was still sleeping with him. She then claimed Doe had engaged in nonconsensual sex with her after she had passed out.

“UC expelled [John Doe] despite overwhelming evidence that Jane Roe fabricated her story because she was too embarrassed to admit to her friends at UC that she was engaged in a secret sexual relationship with her ex-boyfriend,” wrote Doe’s lawyers in his lawsuit.

Cost of attending the University of Chicago: $75,735 per year. A lot to spend only to be kicked out just before graduation based on unfounded charges.

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