Court: Purdue May Have Discriminated In Sexual Assault Case

Jul 6, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A court says Purdue University may have discriminated against a male student who was accused of sexual assault.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled last month that the university too hastily sided with a female student and ignored the man's efforts to offer evidence in his defense.

Writing for a three-judge panel, Judge Amy Coney Barrett says it's "plausible" that the university didn't believe the accused because he's a man. The decision gives him a chance to proceed with a lawsuit against Purdue.

A Purdue spokesman says that the university stands by its handling of the case.

The man denied the assault allegations. He was suspended from the Navy ROTC program and lost his scholarship.