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Former Amherst Student Expelled For Sexual Assault Sues School For Denying Due Process

| by Nathaly Pesantez
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A former student of Amherst College, named only as “John Doe,” has sued the school for a 2013 sexual assault case that led to his expulsion.

The man's lawyers assert the suit “arises out of a miscarriage of justice,” according to the complaint against the school.

His lawyers also say the school was eager to side with female students in sexual assault cases.

“The disciplinary action was undertaken during a period of relentless and well-publicized accusations against Amherst for failing to protect female students from sexual assault, and while the College was under intense pressure to demonstrate that it was now willing and capable of prosecuting sexual assailants,” reads part of the lawsuit.

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Doe’s lawyers refer to a 2012 essay by Amherst graduate Angie Epifano, which brought the school under heavy scrutiny, reports USA Today. In the essay, Epifano takes issue with the way Amherst handled her rape.

In 2013, a female student under the name “Sandra Jones” filed a complaint with the Massachusetts college, where she accused Doe of sexually assaulting her in 2012.

What initially began as a consensual sex act between Jones and Doe one night took a different turn. At some point, Jones felt uncomfortable, but Doe urged her to continue, claim court documents.

The documents also say Doe reported “being very intoxicated on the evening in question and essentially has no memory of what happened.”

In April 2014, Doe presented Amherst with evidence in the form of text messages that allegedly show Jones not only consented to the oral sex act that occurred, but that “she was its moving force.”

But in the 13 months since Amherst received the evidence, the school has not taken any initiatives to reopen the case, according to The Boston Globe.

For this, Doe’s lawyers say the school is guilty for not upholding “its contractual and other obligations to the plaintiff”.

Doe seeks $75,000 in damages, as well as the chance to complete his education and restore his reputation, reports Mass Live.

Sources: The Boston Globe, Mass Live, USA Today, Doe v. Amherst College et al, Massachusetts District Court

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