Flawed campus sexual assault policy nearly sent student back to Syria


Pennsylvania State University appeared to be more concerned with federal pressure to "do something" about campus sexual assault than the life of one its students.

The student was found responsible using a process even the federal government has deemed unfair (more on that later) and suspended for two semesters. The problem is, the fourth-year architectural engineering student says that if the suspension is upheld he will be forced to return to war-torn Syria, where two members of his family have already been killed due to the civil war.

The student's father is a permanent U.S. resident, but the student — identified as John Doe in his lawsuit against the university — has not received his U.S. visa for permanent residency. He is a resident of Kuwait, but that residency is dependent upon his student status. With a suspension, he would be sent back to his native Syria.

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