A former Indiana University student is suing the university, saying it gave preferential treatment to a female student who accused him of rape and makes “numerous mandates to make it more difficult for males accused of sexual misconduct to defend themselves.”
Aaron Farrer, 21, of Lafayette, Ind., was accused of rape in September 2015 after a female student said Farrer took advantage of her drunken state. The woman showed police a text message she received from Farrer the next day apologizing for the incident.
Farrer told police the woman consented to sex and initiated the act.
That November, Farrer was expelled from school in Bloomington, Ind., according to court documents. The case against him was dismissed in September 2016 in Monroe Superior Court because of insufficient evidence.
This week, Farrer filed the federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court here, saying he was defamed and was a victim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. He also alleges his constitutional rights were violated.
“IU engaged in a gender-biased investigation of Farrer, which culminated in Farrer’s unlawful expulsion from IU,” his complaint states, adding that he was not afforded due process.
Named defendants include his accuser, Indiana University, the school’s assistant director, associate dean of students, deputy Title IX director, Title IX deputy investigator and other school staff.
The Indianapolis Star and USA TODAY typically do not name people who are or may have been victims of sexual assault. Farrer and his accuser were not immediately available for comment.
The 76-page complaint states that the defendants violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 “by creating a gender biased, hostile environment against males, like Farrer, based in part on IU’s pattern and practice of disciplining male students who accept physical contact initiated by female students but failing to discipline female students who engage in the same conduct.”
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Indianapolis Star, Fatima Hussein