University lets rape accuser bring lawyer to hearing; denies same privilege to accused

University lets rape accuser bring lawyer to hearing; denies same privilege to accused

Lynn University let a sexual-assault accuser bring her lawyer and repeatedly “intervene” in a conduct hearing, while the accused student’s adviser – his mother – had to remain silent, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the South Florida school last week.

The accused student, whose athletic and academic scholarships were revoked, said Lynn yanked him off the baseball team several weeks before his hearing. It then suspended him after ignoring its own policy on incapacitation.

In an unusual move for a due-process lawsuit, “John Doe” identifies his accuser by her real name, though it appears to be misspelled. He also identifies several student witnesses by their real names.

Doe’s lawyer, Angel Castillo, declined to explain the decision on the record to The College Fixin a phone interview Wednesday. (The suit also appears to have unintentionally left in a single instance of the plaintiff’s surname.)

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