Cornell grad sues university after investigation of sexual assault accusation

A Cornell graduate is suing the university, saying he was discriminated against and denied a hearing following a Title IX investigation into a sexual assault allegation.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, accuses Sarah Affel, Title IX coordinator for Cornell University, of discrimination based on the student’s ethnicity, sex and religion. The documents also state a variety of allegedly unlawful actions that were taken against the former student, referred to as John Doe, an ethnically Bangladeshi Muslim.

The graduate is now demanding a jury trial and is seeking restitution from Cornell.

The suit is the second in eight months that alleges a student or former student contemplated suicide following a Title IX investigation at the university.

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