Former MSU student sues school, says he’s wrongfully accused of sexual assault


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A former student is suing Michigan State University, accusing officials there of mishandling sexual assault allegations against him.

According to the lawsuit, the man, who wants to stay anonymous, says he had consensual sex with a freshman in February in his dorm room.

But afterwards, he says she seemed uncomfortable and ultimately accused him of rape.

According to lawsuit, she filed a complaint with the school, and after its’ investigation he says he was suspended from the university for two years, and also kicked out of his fraternity.

This was all happening during the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, when MSU was under a microscope for how it handled sexual assault allegations on campus, and the man says he was collateral damage.

The lawsuit says the lead investigator took a “prosecutor’s stance,” instead of staying neutral with the investigation.

He says the university also didn’t give him enough details about what he was being accused of, and says among other things; he was never given an opportunity to cross examine the woman accusing him.

So now he’s suing the school for the denial of due process, emotional distress, and the loss of educational opportunities.

He also says in the lawsuit the university was under pressure to convict males of sexual assault and because of that, he says the investigation was gender biased.

6 News did hear from university officials today, but they wouldn’t comment because the lawsuit is pending.

No criminal charges were ever filed against the man.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.


ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan State University has had a tough year and now it’s facing yet another lawsuit, this time by a former student who says he’s been wrongfully accused of sexual assault.

In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, MSU says it’s been working to change the culture surrounding sexual assault on campus by taking allegations more seriously, but a former student says he was collateral damage to this movement and is now suing the school for what he says is an unfair claim of sexual assault. 

The former student, who wants to remain anonymous for now, says he was unfairly treated during a Title IX investigation against him.

The alleged assault happened in his dorm room after a fraternity party. He was a sophomore and the alleged victim was a freshman.

According to the lawsuit, the man claims that the two left a party together, had consensual sex, and then the woman left afterwards appearing uncomfortable. She then filed a complaint with the school which led the man to be suspended.

He says he’s now facing emotional distress and is losing out on career opportunities he might otherwise have gotten.

The lawsuit adds that there were never any criminal charges. A university spokesperson said the school is not commenting on the lawsuit.

6 News reporter Dana Whyte will have more details about this lawsuit tonight on 6 News at 11.

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