Duke University settles lawsuit with a student expelled for sexual misconduct

Flickr/Kevin CeballosMcLeod claims Duke discriminated against him in the course of a sexual misconduct hearing.
  • Former Duke University student Lewis McLeod was expelled from the university in 2014 for a sexual misconduct violation.
  • A female student reported a claim of nonconsensual sex to the university.
  • McLeod claims the university discriminated against him in the course of the hearing.

Duke University settled a lawsuit with a student who said he was wrongfully expelled for sexual misconduct, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The terms of the settlement between the former student Lewis McLeod and the university are confidential, according to both parties.

The misconduct case relates to a 2013 encounter between McLeod and an unnamed female student. McLeod, then a senior, met the freshman student at a bar. He told the university’s sexual misconduct investigators that the two had consensual sex while the woman said she didn’t want to have sex with him, according to The Journal.

A university misconduct panel ruled that the woman didn’t agree to sex and couldn’t consent because she was too intoxicated.

McLeod was expelled in the spring of 2014 right before he was set to graduate.

McLeod filed a suit against Duke claiming his university discriminated against him in their proceedings. His suit is one of more than 200 cases of accused students who say their schools denied them due process rights in the course of a sexual misconduct hearing.

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