UC student suing for fair hearing after sexual assault allegations

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 11:53 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2016 at 11:53 PM EST
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A UC graduate student is fighting to stay enrolled at the university after his attorney said the school found him guilty of sexual assault.

The attorney of the man known as John Doe said this isn't about innocence or guilt, but about due process which he said his client did not receive.

A lawsuit filed requests an injunction to restore his status as a student. As it stands right now, he is facing suspension from the alleged events.

According to the lawsuit, John Doe and another student identified only as Jane Roe met on the social media app Tinder. It says the two, "engaged in consensual sex." It also says Jane Roe said John Doe had been forceful with her after they met at his house.

Roe later reported to UC that she had been sexuality assaulted. The Administrative Review Committee, which is made up of students and faculty, found Roe creditable and suspended John Doe.

"What is unusual about John Doe's case, which has never happened as far as I know, is that the alleged victim never even appeared at the hearing," John Doe's attorney Joshua Engel said.

Engel said his client never got the chance to face his accuser, so he never got the chance to have a fair hearing, and that's what he's seeking.

"He believes very strongly that if he's given that full and fair hearing, his name will be cleared and he won't be expelled from the school," Engel said.

FOX19 NOW reached out to the school for comments regarding the decision, but have yet to hear back.

On campus, a group who calls themselves "Students for Survivors" said they don't want John Doe back on campus. They plan to hold a protest.

"We want to let UC know, that that's not acceptable," Grace Cunningham with Students for Survivors said. "The fact that he claims innocence. I don't believe it. I believe the survivor and I will encourage to believe the survivor."

Protestors plan to meet Friday at Nippert Stadium.

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