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Student booted from college after being given sex while unconscious

Men are guilty of the vast majority of sex crimes.

In criminal courts, the accused are given the opportunity to present a reasonable defense.

That's not always true on college campuses.

At Amherst College in Massachusetts, a former male student booted from campus after being accused of sexual assault is suing the private institution for denying him due process.

According to a one-sided Washington Examiner article , the male student -- identified only as John Doe -- walked his girlfriend's roommate home and blacked out from drinking. While he was blacked out, the woman performed oral sex on him.

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The man left and the woman texted two people -- a female friend and a man she had a crush on.

To the woman she texted "Ohmygod I jus did something so f*** stupid,"and indicated she was worried her roommate would be mad at her. "It's pretty obvi I wasn't an innocent bystander," she wrote.

She asked the man she texted to come over, and later complained to her female friend that she had to wait until 5 a.m. for him to initiate sex.

Two years later, she accused Doe of sexual assault and he was found guilty by a campus panel comprised of "social justice education" administrators.

Was the student hearing fair? The rules at Amherst allow the accused to hire an attorney, but the attorney cannot speak during the hearing. The accused is not allowed to directly cross-examine the accuser and can only write down questions for the panel to ask, leaving no room for follow-up questions, says the Examiner.

The hearing panel also lacked subpoena power and could not really investigate the case. For examplle, unlike attorneys bringing Doe's lawsuit, the panel did not have access to the woman's text messages.

Amherst's rules require students engaging in sex to "be aware of the other person's level of intoxication" and to obtain consent from their partner. But, since Doe was passed out -- a condition the campus panel found credible -- he was incapable of saying yes, or no.

Does that make Doe the victim?

The resolution of the lawsuit won't tell us that, but it may indicate if the rules at Amherst are fair to everyone.

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