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Lawsuit Filed Against St. Scholastica Over Response to Alleged Assault

September 05, 2017 10:37 PM

St. Scholastica is facing more legal trouble for its alleged response to a sexual assault.

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This time, it's the accused who claimed the school violated his rights under Title IX.

According to the federal lawsuit filed last week, the plaintiff is identified as John Doe. He said he has been suspended from his program of study for at least two years.

Doe said in his suit that this stems from an incident that took place last October, at a party he and his roommates were hosting.

The lawsuit said he and another student had sexual intercourse. It then said that in the days afterwards, the woman said she had been drugged and raped.

The suit said the woman first reported it to the school anonymously in October, and then in February, filed a complaint using her name.

Doe said that the school's policies state that the 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.

The document said he was discriminated against on the basis of his gender, because the investigators presumed he committed the assault.

He also said he was not offered a formal hearing, which is an option under school policy. Also, 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.

Doe said in the suit that he has not been interviewed by law enforcement.

CSS provided a brief statement on Tuesday, which was also the first day of class:

"The College does not intend to comment on litigation, but will vigorously defend the case."

In a separate case, CSS is being investigated by the Department of Education for alleged Title IX violations stemming from their response to an alleged assault of a female student. Emilee Franklin claimed that the school mishandled her assault case.

According to Franklin and her attorneys, the department's Clery Act Compliance Division has found 'areas of concern' during an assessment, and that changes will need to be made.


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