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Opening New Front in Campus-Rape Debate, Brown Student Tells Education Dept. His Side

This week, a former Brown University student took the unusual step of sending a letter to the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, telling his side of the story in a sexual encounter that not only got him suspended from Brown this past academic year but also tarnished his reputation, his lawyers say. What the letter makes clear is that young men frequently are as unhappy with the outcome of college investigations of alleged sexual assaults as are their accusers, and that both sides frequently believe the process was unfair.