Judge reinstates anti-male bias claim against University of New Mexico by expelled student

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'A fourth-year doctoral candidate was wrapping up his dissertation when he became the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation allegedly rife with gender bias and lacking in due process.

Now a federal judge has refused to dismiss Title IX and 14th Amendment claims by “J. Lee” against the University of New Mexico for depriving him a degree.

The taxpayer-funded institution was facing pressure from the Obama administration on how to handle campus sexual assault investigations when it investigated Lee and expelled him in 2016, U.S. District Judge James Browning wrote in the 127-page ruling last week.

He said UNM “prioritized administrative efficiency over a rigorous fact-finding process” and apparently left him with “no meaningful opportunity to be heard.”

It was a reversal of fortunes for the university, which initially convinced Browning to dismiss Lee’s gender bias claim. The judge “amended” that order from last summer in his ruling March 30, citing “recent opinions from [federal] Courts of Appeals” and his own “more intense study” of the issue.'

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