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Trial against Brown University in sexual assault case starts

 

A trial in a lawsuit filed against Brown University by a student who was suspended after what he says was a consensual sexual encounter, but which a fellow student reported as a sexual assault, is underway.

The bench trial before U.S. District Judge William Smith began Tuesday.

The student was suspended for two years under a Title IX process he argues is unfair. He wants to be reinstated and seeks to stop Brown from handling complaints using the current process.

Brown says the procedure was fair and the hearing panel had a rational basis for its finding.

Universities around the country have faced similar lawsuits from men who say they were falsely accused amid a push by federal authorities aimed at getting schools to better address sexual assaults on campus.

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