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Dozens of students who’ve been punished for sexual assault are suing their schools, saying that they didn’t get a fair hearing and that their rights to due process were violated. The accused students say schools simply are overcorrecting.

More than 70 campuses are under federal investigation for violating the civil rights of alleged victims, and some students say schools are running so scared that they’re violating the due process rights of defendants instead.

“Right from the start, they treated me like I was the scum of the earth,” says one young man, who was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst this past fall when he was told he was being investigated for sexual misconduct and had just hours to move out of his dorm.

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This student is one of several dozen now suing. He filed as John Doe, fearing damage to his reputation, and agreed to talk on condition of anonymity. The lawsuit identifies the victim as Jane Doe.

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“I had some dark days,” he says. “It’s hard, you know? It hurts down to your bones.”

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“I think ‘witch hunt’ is a dramatic phrase, but I would cheap moncler sale tell a group of young men right cheap moncler now, ‘woe is to you if someone makes an allegation,’ ” Miltenberg says. cheap moncler jackets “This young man was in the wrong place at cheap moncler outlet the wrong time, in the sense that there was an attempt by the university officials to say, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, watch how we do this one!’ ”

Some rush to judgment is inevitable, says Robert Dana, dean of students at the University of Maine, speaking generally about the current climate on campuses.

“I expect that that can’t help but be true,” he says. “Colleges and universities are getting very jittery about it.”

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“Colleges need to understand their limitations,” says Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “When it buy moncler jackets comes to felony crimes, that should be the task of law enforcement.”

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Shibley says going through the courts would guarantee accused students basic protections, including the right to have an attorney and to cross examine their accusers.

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