EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon is being sued in federal court by a man it suspended from campus after university officials concluded he had sexually assaulted a fellow student in his dorm room last year.
The man’s one-year suspension was overturned by a judge in December, The Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/2tqN6Tc ) Wednesday. The university asked the Oregon Court of Appeals to review the judge’s decision, but later dropped the appeal after reaching a settlement with the man.
That’s when he decided to sue the university. The man accuses the university of federal civil rights and Title IX violations, saying the university discriminated and deprived him of his due process rights throughout the disciplinary procedure.
A university spokesman declined to provide a copy of the settlement.
“The university — concerned about the recent national and local attention focusing on the treatment of sexual assault complaints on college campuses — responded to (the female student’s) accusations through arbitrary, discriminatory and illegal actions designed to reach a predetermined outcome, namely, John Doe’s suspension,” the lawsuit stated.
The student demands a jury trial and seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, according to the lawsuit. Named as defendants along with the university are officials Sandy Weintraub, Carol Millie and Robin Holmes.
University spokesman Tobin Klinger declined to say whether the man has resumed classes on campus. But Klinger issued a statement saying, “The university is dedicated to providing a student conduct process that is fair, neutral and compassionate to all of our students, complainants and respondents.”
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com