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Expelled Columbia University student sues to get his diploma after school boots him over rape allegations


The Columbia University campus. (Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)

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.

The former student learned he was expelled Nov. 9, and the school shot down his appeal.

His lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, claims the man has completed the academic requirements necessary to graduate, and he doesn’t intend to remain on campus or go to classes.

“Petitioner simply wishes to obtain his rightfully-earned diploma and move on to the next stage of his life,” the lawsuit states.

Neither the expelled student’s lawyer or representatives of Columbia returned messages seeking comment.