Accused of rape in September 2015, 21-year-old Aaron Farrer of Lafayette was expelled from Indiana University (IU) that November per the university’s consent policy, which states that consent cannot exist when someone is intoxicated, among other conditions.
Now, he’s suing for what he says was a “gender-based” investigation that gave him no opportunity to defend the allegations against him, violating due process of law. Though Indiana University expelled him, charges brought against Farrer were dismissed by the Monroe Superior Court in September 2016, citing a lack of evidence.
Farrer and his lawyer have named his accuser, Indiana University, their deputy Title IX director, Title IX deputy investigator and a number of administration members in the case. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Farrer’s complaint says he was defamed, suffered emotional distress and was discriminated against because of the way Indiana University handled the alleged rape.
In the complaint is a claim that Indiana University employs a “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,” a double standard.
He seeks “damages and injunctive relief to remedy emotional, mental, economic and physical harm caused by the Defendants,” reports Fox 59, including damages of $75,000.00. He also seeks reinstatement and expungement of university records.