A Title IX complaint can result in severe consequences, including loss of scholarships and dismissal from school. A former student recently sued his military college after he was expelled for alleged sexual misconduct.
The plaintiff, identified in the unpublished Fourth Circuit opinion as John Doe, was a student at a state-incorporated military college in South Carolina. A female student filed a complaint accusing him of sexual misconduct. The school’s Commandant’s Board heard the complaint and ultimately found the plaintiff committed a violation in one of the three alleged incidents of sexual misconduct. As a result, Doe lost his Marine scholarship and was dismissed from the school with leave to apply for readmission after a year. He appealed, but the appeal was denied.
He filed suit against the college and several officials, alleging violation of his right to procedural due process and sex-based discrimination. The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.