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Expelled IU Student Accused Of Rape Sues School For Defamation

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A former Indiana University student who was expelled in 2015 for sexual misconduct is now suing the university and his accuser, saying the university makes it hard for men accused of sexual misconduct to defend themselves.

A female student says 21-year-old Aaron Farrer took advantage of her in her drunken state, when she wasn't able to give consent.

The student provided university investigators with a text message from Farrer sent the following morning, where Farrer apologizes saying, "I knew it was wrong and I did it anyways." Farrer says his text message has been misinterpreted and that his accuser is the one who initiated sexual contact.

The university's investigation found that Farrer "sexually assaulted and had sexual contact" with an IU student "while she was in an impaired state and without consent." He was expelled in Dec. 2015.

"IU violated Title IX by creating a gender biased, hostile environment against males."

A criminal case against Farrer in Monroe Superior Court was dismissed in Sep. 2016 because of insufficient evidence.

This month, Farrer filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana University, his accuser, the Title IX director and several other university employees. He claims defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"IU violated Title IX by creating a gender biased, hostile environment against males, based in part on IU’s pattern and practice of disciplining male students who accept physical contact initiated by female students, but failing to discipline female students who engage in the same conduct," the complaint reads.

Since his university expulsion, Farrer was also expelled from the Indiana University Police Department Cadet program and the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or ROTC.

“While Indiana University cannot comment on pending litigation or, due to federal privacy laws, specific student disciplinary cases, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy provides for a fair, impartial and robust investigation and adjudication process when responding to reports of alleged sexual assault," said IU Spokesperson Margie Smith-Simmons in a statement. "Indiana University is strongly committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of its community, and assuring that its processes are fair and afford due process protections.”

Farrer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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