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Washington University student sues after being kicked out

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ST. LOUIS –  A Washington University student is suing after he was kicked out of the private St. Louis school over sexual assault allegations.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the man is identified in court documents only as “John Doe.” His Chicago-based attorney John Galt Covert described the allegations against his client as “totally exaggerated.” But he says they led to his client being suspended “prior to any hearing or investigation” and ultimately expelled.

A Washington University spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit, which was filed last month. But the university said in a statement that it was committed to a process that’s “thorough and fair to all parties.”

The lawsuit comes as Missouri lawmakers consider legislative changes that would afford those accused of sexual misconduct more privileges in college disciplinary proceedings.

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