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Washington State U. Woman Was Expelled After a Man Accused Her of Assault

A student at Washington State University was expelled for sexually assaulting a man on the campus in 2014, BuzzFeed News reports.

The student, whom BuzzFeed identified only as Rose, her middle name, said she had had sex with a classmate after playing drinking games one night in January 2014. The man later filed a complaint with Washington State’s Title IX office, saying Rose had sexually assaulted him.

Rose maintains that she was falsely accused and that the man complained to Washington State’s Title IX office because his friends had teased him for sleeping with her. After the incident, floor mates wrote messages on whiteboards outside their doors saying Rose had taken advantage of the man.

A residential adviser later reported those notes to administrators. Rose was told to move out of the dormitory immediately to protect the complainant.

During her first meeting with university investigators, Rose filed a countercomplaint against the man.

In May 2014, the man asked the Title IX office to stop the investigation, requesting that it cease contacting him and ensure he would not be contacted by Rose.

In August 2014 Rose was found responsible for sexual misconduct and expelled. She appealed her expulsion unsuccessfully, twice. In April 2015 she filed a complaint, which is still being investigated, with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

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