A trial in a lawsuit filed against Brown University by a student who was suspended after what he says was a consensual sexual encounter, but which a fellow student reported as a sexual assault, is underway.
The bench trial before U.S. District Judge William Smith began Tuesday.
The student was suspended for two years under a Title IX process he argues is unfair. He wants to be reinstated and seeks to stop Brown from handling complaints using the current process.
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Brown says the procedure was fair and the hearing panel had a rational basis for its finding.
Universities around the country have faced similar lawsuits from men who say they were falsely accused amid a push by federal authorities aimed at getting schools to better address sexual assaults on campus.