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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:25 PM

Expelled Man Calls Vassar College Sexually Biased

Expelled Man Calls Vassar Sexually Biased

MANHATTAN (CN) - A former student sued Vassar College, claiming it expelled him for a night of "clearly consensual sexual activity," because of policies that "invariably" find men guilty of sexual misconduct on the basis of their sex.

Xiaolu "Peter" Yu claims in Federal Court that he suffered emotional distress, loss of career prospects and earnings and damage to his reputation. He wants the expulsion reversed and his disciplinary record expunged.


As a freshman, Yu joined the college crew team and by his sophomore year was a varsity rower, according to the complaint. He became acquainted with a female rower, a year ahead of him, who by early 2012 showed a "romantic interest" in him, according to the complaint.

After a team party in February 2012, where Yu and the woman drank alcohol, the two went to a campus dance venue, where they kissed into the night, according to the complaint. The woman, who is identified in the document, then agreed to leave the site "to have sex with Peter Yu."

They retired to Yu's dorm room, where Yu confessed this was "his first time" and she responded, "it's okay, I know what to do," according to the complaint.


Their sexual intercourse was interrupted when Yu's roommate returned. When he left, the woman "began to get dressed again and commented on how she 'took Peter Yu's virginity,'" the complaint states.


A year later, Vassar contacted Yu to advise him that allegations of sexual assault had been filed. He was charged with two violations of the student handbook.

Yu claims the college's Title IX investigator, Richard Horowitz, interviewed him, the woman and others about the allegations before a formal grievance hearing was scheduled by the school.

Yu, given a chance to look over the case file, thought Horowitz's report "reflected his own biased decision that Peter Yu was guilty," according to the complaint.

"Noticeably absent from Mr. Horowitz's report is the mention of (or explanation for its absence) any police report or health examination/rape kit made in connection with the alleged incident, i.e., any supporting evidence," the complaint states.


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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:55 PM

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I'm inclined to agree with him. Id love to hear her side of the story though. I dont understand why she would file a complaint a year later if there were no reason to do so. As told from his perspective, this story just doesnt make sense to me.

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