A male student who was suspended for sexual misconduct and other violations of university policy has sued Clemson over its investigation into his conduct. The female student who accused him of misconduct filed a complaint with a university Title IX officer over the encounter. The male student said that the encounter was consensual. No criminal charges were filed against him.
The university said in court filings that the student was provided a fair hearing, and denied that its policies are biased.
The Anderson Independent Mail has reported on a sharp rise in reported forcible sex offenses and incidents of dating violence at Clemson. Victims' advocates and university officials said that Clemson was seeing more reports because more victims had been willing to come forward, indicating that Clemson's education efforts had been successful.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and strengthened its prevention and education efforts, among other things. In 2015, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. visited Clemson to speak in support of the White House's "It's On Us" campaign.
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against Clemson University last week by a freshman who is seeking to overturn a one-year suspension that he received for sexual misconduct and other infractions.