Ex-Temple student files suit against university

Posted: August 18, 2014

A FORMER TEMPLE University student has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming it unfairly expelled him after a female student accused him of sexual assault.

The plaintiff, whose name is not disclosed in the federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims he engaged in consensual sexual acts (but not intercourse) with the female student on Sept. 22, 2012, when they were both enrolled at Temple.

The suit claims that "Temple adopted and applied sexual misconduct policies and procedures that disproportionately affect male students" and deprived this particular student of his due-process rights in violation of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.

The male student was not allowed to have a lawyer at a hearing before five faculty members and could not directly cross-examine the female complainant, the suit says. It says he declined to testify because of potential criminal charges against him.

The suit says the board found him guilty of sexual misconduct, and that a school administrator then expelled him.

Sidney Gold, the lawyer who filed the suit, was not in his office yesterday and did not return a message left by the Daily News.

Temple said in a statement: "We are aware of the suit and handled the case appropriately. The university will vigorously defend itself."

The Inquirer last month highlighted cases in which male plaintiffs have brought suits under Title IX claims against colleges, such as Swarthmore, St. Joe's and Philadelphia University, after female students had alleged sexual misconduct against the males.

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