Expelled Columbia University student sues to get his diploma after school boots him over rape allegations
An expelled Columbia University student is suing the Ivy League school to get his diploma after he was booted over sexual assault allegations last November.
The Oklahoma man, who is referred to as “John Doe” in the lawsuit, was kicked out of the college after a school disciplinary panel determined he raped a woman in her dorm room on Dec. 13, 2016, according to court papers.
In his suit, the man claims he attended the woman’s sorority formal the night before, and they went back to her room where they began kissing. She asked him to get a condom and he said he would “when it was necessary,” the documents detail.
When the woman stopped the intimacy, he claims he complied with her wishes and they fell asleep. That night, the suit says, she accompanied him to his fraternity formal.
The woman alleges “John Doe” raped her without a condom the night of her sorority formal.
In March 2018, Columbia opened a “gender-based misconduct” investigation after someone in the school’s office of equal opportunity and affirmative action filed a report, saying the woman told another person that the man sexually assaulted her.
An NYPD spokesman could not find a record of a reported crime that took place that night.