Over the past decade, it has become common for colleges to act as the judge and jury in campus sexual assault cases.
In the vast majority of cases, campus authorities have decided that the men were at fault, even if the sex was consensual and no police charges were filed.
Punishment has ranged from short-term suspension to expulsion from the school. For the men found guilty the findings of the student misconduct hearings, the outcome can have lifetime effects.
In almost all cases the hearings boil down to a “he said, she said,” conclusion and women were generally believed over men.
Now, college men are fighting back as reported by The Charlotte Observer.
In the past three years, male students accused of sexual misconduct have filed hundreds of lawsuits, charging that they were the victims of both false allegations and school procedures that failed to vet the claims properly.
And while there are no exact figures, in dozens of those cases male students also have sued the women who lodged the original allegations. One out-of-state attorney says he has filed more than 15 defamation complaints nationwide on behalf of male students against their accusers.
— The Charlotte Observer