3/3/16 – 12:00 P.M.
The University of Findlay has filed a defense against a civil lawsuit levied against the school last year. Unsurprisingly, the school is denying the majority of the claims in the suit filed by Alphonso Baity and Justin Browning. The former student-athletes were expelled from the school after a female student claimed the two sexually assaulted her following a party in October of 2014.
In documents filed with the US District Court in Toledo on February 22, UF denied any wrongdoing during their investigation of the assault claim. The school denies basing their decision to expel Baity and Browning based on their race. The filing also says the female student, listed only as “M.K.” in the documents, was incapable of consenting to sex at the time of the incident.
The original lawsuit filed by Baity and Browning says a video of the incident exists, but the defense for UF says no video was ever produced during their investigation. The defense filing also says the video was taken without “M.K’s” consent.
Another point of contention in the defense deals with “M.K.” allegedly bragging about the encounter to witnesses, including her R.A. The defense filing says the R.A. never spoke to the accuser about the incident.
The school also denies the investigation only took 24 hours.
The suit filed by Browning and Baity seeks damages from the University on 10 charges, including alleged gender and racial discrimination, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of due process. It seeks $75,000 in damages on each charge for both Browning and Baity.Read More →