Former Amherst College student files lawsuit against school
AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -
A former Amherst College student has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming he was expelled after being falsely accused of rape.
Our media partner Masslive reports the student filed the suit in Boston on Friday, saying administrators expelled him to show they were tough on sex offenders.
The student, who only identifies himself as an Asian from New York, claims he was pressed by them as newspapers were running stories about domestic assaults on campus.
He is seeking $75,000 in damages and a chance to resume his education.
In a statement, Amherst College officials said, "As the Department of Education and its Office of Civil Rights have made clear, Title IX protects any person attending college from sex-based discrimination, and requires colleges to have in place prompt, thorough and impartial means of investigating and adjudicating claims of sexual discrimination, including sexual violence. The College has put in place a process that is consistent with the requirements under Title IX and is fair to all parties. In this instance, the hearing board concluded that the individual violated the College's policies on sexual misconduct and respect for other persons. The College is confident that the hearing board followed the College's process in making its decision."
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