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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a decision scrutinizing how colleges investigate sexual assault allegations, Connecticut’s highest court ruled Friday that a former Yale student is not immune from a defamation lawsuit by a fellow student who was exonerated in criminal court after she accused him of rape.

    The Connecticut court ruled 7-0 that because he had fewer rights to defend himself in university proceedings than he would in criminal court, the rape accuser can’t benefit fully from immunity granted to witnesses in criminal proceedings.

    The unanimous ruling came despite warnings from more than a dozen violence prevention groups that such immunity is crucial to prevent rape victims from being discouraged to come forward.

    It’s one of the few state court rulings on the topic in any U.S. court and could be cited widely in future cases, legal experts said. It ruled that Jane Doe, the pseudonym she used in court proceedings, was not immune from liability for statements she made to Yale investigators accusing fellow student Saifullah Khan of raping her in her dorm room in October 2015.

    The decision could add to the already vexing problem of sexual assaults going unreported, violence prevention groups said in a brief to the state Supreme Court.

    “Without protections from retaliation, including absolute immunity, victims will be dissuaded from using school reporting and disciplinary processes and will lose out on their education while perpetrators dodge accountability,” a lawyer for the groups wrote in a filing supporting the accuser’s immunity rights.

    Khan is suing Doe and Yale over the rape allegations and his November 2018 expulsion from the school, saying the sex was consensual. Khan was criminally charged, but a jury acquitted him earlier in 2018.

    Justices said Doe was not immune because Yale’s sexual assault disciplinary proceedings are not “quasi-judicial,” meaning they don’t have standards analogous to traditional courts. As in many U.S. universities, Yale’s procedures do not subject accusers to cross-examination and do not require witnesses to testify under oath.

    If proceedings were quasi-judicial, then accusers would have the right to “absolute immunity” from their statements to school investigators, the Justices ruled.

    “Because the (Yale) proceeding lacked the basic procedural safeguards ... necessary to ensure the reliability of the information presented, we decline to recognize the ... proceeding as quasi-judicial in nature,” the court wrote.

    Legal experts said the justices’ ruling could be a major precedent cited in other lawsuits by students accused of sexual misconduct in challenges to the fairness of their schools’ disciplinary proceedings.

    “It was striking to me how detailed they were in criticizing the fairness of the Yale procedures,” said K.C. Johnson, a history professor at Brooklyn College. “There are passages from this opinion that I suspect will be quoted in basically every accused student’s brief moving forward.”

    The ruling also is significant because the federal government is slated in October to change regulations covering how colleges must handle sexual misconduct cases. The Biden administration will be undoing changes made by the Trump administration in 2020 that allow for cross-examination of accusers and other requirements.

    In the same ruling, however, the Connecticut court said college students who report being sexually assaulted deserve some immunity for their statements to school investigators, even if the proceedings are not quasi-judicial. But that immunity would only apply if the statements are not malicious. It is the first time the state court has addressed the issue.

    The court said Jane Doe in the Yale case could eventually cite that kind of immunity to defend against Khan’s lawsuit, but cannot now because the lawsuit is in the early stages.

    Norm Pattis, a lawyer for Khan, called the decision “fantastic news for Mr. Khan and bad news for Yale.”

    “It sheds a much needed light on the hothouse environment at Yale and its infirm handling of sexual misconduct complaints,” Pattis wrote in a text to The Associated Press.

    Doe’s lawyer, James Sconzo, declined to comment Friday.


    Its actually insane to me how universities misused kangaroo courts and gave presumption of guilt instead of the near universal standard of presumption of innocence. Time to make these big universities pay for their bullshit.

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    Um, Yale isn't being sued. Did you read your own story?
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Um, Yale isn't being sued. Did you read your own story?
    Khan is suing Doe and Yale over the rape allegations and his November 2018 expulsion from the school, saying the sex was consensual. Khan was criminally charged, but a jury acquitted him earlier in 2018.

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    Sorry, missed that part. Still, he was free to sue Yale before this lawsuit. The whole point of the article is he could now sue the accuser. I do hope this serves as a wake-up call to colleges who think they're helping anyone by removing even the pretense of a fair process.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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