Tuesday, June 10, 2014

List of lawsuits by male students alleging due process violations in adjudicating sexual assault

A Voice for Male Students has published an excellent list of lawsuits by male students alleging due process violations in adjudicating sexual assault charges. Here is the list, with some modifications to make the description of the documents consistent with legal terminology:

List of Lawsuits Against Colleges and Universities Alleging Due Process and Other Violations in Adjudicating Sexual Assault

Plaintiff’s Attorney
Key Documents / Summary
CaliforniaOccidental CollegeJohn DoeMark Werksman,Mark Hathaway(1) Complaint, part I, (2) Complaint, part II (includes screenshots of text messages between accuser / accused), (3) article by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)Pending.
DelawareDelaware State UniversityAndre L. HenryDaniel C. HerrStory from Inside Higher Ed.Pending.
IndianaDePauw UniversityBenjamin KingStory in the university newspaper (page 1 and page 3).Pending.
MassachusettsCollege of the Holy CrossEdwin BleilerNicole Collby Longton(1) Complaint, (2) Answer, (3) article by FIRE.Bleiler was acquitted, the school’s “finding” (judgment) against him was overturned, and he was reinstated.
MassachusettsWilliams CollegeJohn DoeComplaint (fee required).Pending.
MichiganUniversity of Michigan – Ann ArborDrew SterrettDeborah GordonComplaint.Pending.
New JerseyDrew UniversityKevin ParisiSolomon RubinStory in NJ.com.Pending.
New YorkColumbia UniversityJohn Doe
New YorkVassar CollegePeter Yu
(1) Complaint, (2) AnswerPending.
North CarolinaDuke UniversityLewis McLeodRachel B. Hitch(1) Complaint, (2) Wall Street Journal article, (3) order granting injunction to prevent expulsionPending.
North CarolinaDuke UniversityReade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, David Evans(1) Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2007, (2) Durham-in-WonderlandPlayers declared innocent, received settlement; 2007.
OhioDenison UniversityZackary HuntEric RosenbergArticle in The Denisonian (Denison U Student Newspaper)Confidential settlement; 2014
OhioKenyon CollegeStephen ZingarelliGregory O’Brien, Eric WeissArticle in The Collegian (Kenyon College student newspaper)Pending.
OhioUniversity of CincinnatiEthan PeloeAmended complaint.Pending.
OhioXavier UniversityDezmine WellsPeter GinsbergComplaint.Confidential settlement; 2014.
PennsylvaniaBucknell UniversityReed DempseyStephen BeckerMemorandum of court.Charges against the university dismissed. Charges against police department pending.
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia UniversityAnthony VillarStory in Philadelphiamagazine.Pending.
PennsylvaniaSaint Joseph’s UniversityBrian HarrisKenneth DubrowComplaint.Pending.
PennsylvaniaSwarthmore CollegeJohn DoePatricia HamillComplaint.Pending.
Rhode IslandBrown UniversityAdam LackStory in the Brown Daily Herald.Confidential settlement; 1998
Rhode IslandBrown UniversityWilliam McCormickJ. Scott KilpatrickStory in the Brown SpectatorConfidential settlement; 2011
TennesseeSewanee, The University of the SouthJohn DoeCharles Wayne, Elisha KingDoe v. Univ. of the S., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35166 (E.D. Tenn. 2011)University found negligent; plaintiff awarded $26k; 2011