US appeals court agrees that college can't suspend student

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Posted: Sep 25, 2017 7:04 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed the University of Cincinnati should not have suspended a student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student.

The court's 3-0 ruling agreed with a federal judge's 2016 order that put the suspension on hold after the accused student appealed the university's decision to impose one. He claims his constitutional rights to due process were violated.

The accused student contends he was denied his right to confront his accuser, who failed to appear at his university disciplinary hearing. He contends their sex was consensual.

He was facing a one-year suspension, and his attorney says he's currently enrolled. UC officials didn't respond immediately to a request for comment.

A university spokesman says UC continues to strive to create the best environment for all students.