Lawsuit Takes Aim at Education Dept.'s Title IX Guidance

A student at Colorado State University at Pueblo sued the university and the federal government this week, contending that he had been suspended indefinitely for a sexual act that he says both he and his partner considered consensual.

Grant Neal, a sophomore who was attending Colorado State on football and wrestling scholarships, was found responsible for sexual misconduct in a case with an unusual twist: the accuser was a third party who didn’t witness the alleged assault but who believed the act was coerced.

Mr. Neal joins the growing list of accused rapists who are suing their colleges. His case, however, is among the first to also take on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over the guidance it has issued to colleges on how they should handle sexual-assault complaints.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/article/An-Accused-Student-s-Lawsuit/236190