A male former Occidental College student known as John Doe has filed a Title IX discrimination complaint against the Los Angeles liberal arts school, according to his attorney.
John Doe was suspended from Occidental last year as a freshman after being found responsible for sexual assault against another student, Jane Doe. John Doe is currently suing the school in an attempt to overturn Occidental’s decision, as detailed by Business Insider in an in-depth feature last month.
The Title IX complaint includes many of the points raised by John Doe in his lawsuit against the college, specifically that he and Jane had consensual, albeit intoxicated, sexual intercourse that he was unfairly punished as the male party. John’s argument cites text messages he recieved from Jane seeming to consent to sex; however the college determined she was incapacitated at the time she sent them, and therefore not able to consent.
Additionally, the Title IX complaint reveals that John Doe also filed a sexual misconduct claim against Jane Doe after he was expelled from Occidental. The school rejected his claim and did not open an investigation, which John claims in his Title IX complaint shows clear sex-based discrimination, as they investigated him for the same incident after Jane reported the alleged sexual assault last year.
According to an email from Ruth Jones, Occidental’s Title IX coordinator, that is included in the filing, John Doe’s sexual misconduct complaint was not processed by the college because he made inconsistent statements with his earlier testimony, he would not meet with an outside lawyer for an interview, and the timing of the complaint. In another email included in the filing, John Doe’s attorney said his client would not meet with Occidental’s lawyer without his own counsel present.
“I also note that the evidence in support of my decision likewise raises concerns about the good-faith nature of your complaint,” Jones writes.
We have reached out to Occidental about John Doe’s Title IX complaint and the dismissed sexual misconduct claim against Jane Doe, and will update with any comment.
The Department of Education is currently investigating a seperate case of sex discrimination against a male student at Brandeis University.
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