Alleged sexual assault case at UConn puts school’s enforcement of sexual misconduct rules on trial

Case featured in Hartford Courant

A federal court has delivered an early legal win to a UConn student whose claim that he was unfairly suspended for an alleged sexual assault could put the school’s system for investigating and punishing sexual misconduct on trial.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea issued a temporary order requiring the school to reinstate the student who, among other punishments, had been banned from campus for two years. Shea wrote that the student has made a preliminary showing that UConn’s procedures for investigating alleged misconduct and imposing discipline are so one-sided that he was denied an opportunity to prevent a meaningful defense.