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By Teresa Watanabe at Los Angeles Times
Peter Yu, Drew Sterrett and Lewis McLeod were headed toward bright futures at prestigious colleges and universities when each got involved in one-night sexual encounters.
All three young men claimed the encounters were consensual — but the women asserted otherwise. In each case, campus officials found the men responsible for sexual assault and expelled or suspended them.
But all three are pushing back, suing the schools on charges that their rights to a fair hearing were violated.
As universities and colleges launch intensified efforts against sexual misconduct, more cases are shifting from campuses to courtrooms.
The three young men are suing Vassar College, the University of Michigan and Duke University, respectively; students who were suspended or expelled for sexual assault have also filed actions against Occidental College, Columbia University, Xavier University, Swarthmore College, Delaware State University and a host of other campuses...