Judge rules ex-Temple student who filed lawsuit can't be anonymous

Posted: September 05, 2014

A FEDERAL JUDGE ruled yesterday that a former Temple student who sued the school in a sexual-misconduct case cannot proceed under the pseudonym "John Doe" and will have to use his real name in future court filings.

The "potential harm to Doe and those similarly situated is not enough to outweigh the public's interest in an open proceeding," U.S. District Judge Anita Brody wrote in an opinion.

"Sexual assaults on college campuses and the measures universities are taking to respond to these incidents are important issues commanding national attention," she noted, adding that the "dispute, and Doe's name, will contribute to the current debate about sexual assault."

Sidney Gold, attorney for "Doe," said yesterday that his client will proceed with the suit even though he will have to reveal his name. He declined to disclose his client's name yesterday.

The former student sued Temple last month, claiming the school unfairly expelled him after a female student accused him of sexually assaulting her in September 2012, and a board of five Temple faculty members found him guilty of sexual misconduct.

He claimed he and the female engaged in consensual sex and that the hearing was unfair.

His suit is part of a wave of lawsuits filed by male plaintiffs nationwide who claim they have been deprived of their due-process rights in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It claims Temple applied sexual misconduct policies that disproportionately affect male students.

Temple has said it "handled the case appropriately" and "will vigorously defend itself."

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