Court Says Purdue Violated Student’s Due Process Rights

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Court Says Purdue Violated Student's Due Process Rights

In a win for due process on college campuses, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Purdue University violated the 14th Amendment rights of "John Doe," a college student accused of sexual misconduct.

The accusation was levied by another student, "Jane Doe," in April 2016, as Purdue has holding its Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Jane "alleged that in November 2015, she was sleeping with John in his room when she woke to him groping her over her clothes without her consent," the appeals court notes . "Jane told the university that John had engaged in other misconduct as well."

Jane never filed a formal complaint, but Purdue decided that it was going to investigate the claim. Katherine Sermersheim, Purdue’s dean of students, informed John of the allegations against him in a letter. While the investigation was still underway, John was suspended from participating in the Navy ROTC program and subsequently banned from all buildings where Jane had class, as well as "barred from eating in his usual dining hall because Jane also used it," the court explains.

"John steadfastly denied Jane’s allegations," the court adds. But a three-person panel of Purdue’s Advisory Committee on Equity "falsely claimed that he had […]

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