A judge in North Carolina halted Duke University from kicking out a male senior who was recently accused of raping a female freshman.
Judge Osmond Smith of the Superior Court shot down Duke’s effort in dismissing a litigation filed by Lewis McLeod, the accused senior student who is blaming Duke who violated his contract privilege. The court ruling blocks the university from expelling him in the meantime.
Rachel Hitch, an attorney for McLeod, termed the injunction as “good news” for her client.
Hitch believes her client is the first student to be kicked out of Duke University for an alleged sexual misconduct. It would be the first for the school to carry out a new policy that makes expulsion a primary consequence for a student found guilty in such act.
The female freshman accused McLeod for raping her while she was drunk after both met in a campus bar. McLeod defended by saying the sex was consented and stopped it when she began to cry.