Harvard Says It Was Right To Hold Diploma For Assault Probe

By Brian Dowling (February 28, 2020, 4:19 PM EST) -- Harvard University was right to withhold a student's diploma while it investigated and later upheld sexual assault allegations against him, the Ivy League school told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday, trying to diffuse claims by the former student that its inquiry was byzantine and unfair.

In a short hearing Friday morning on Harvard's motion to dismiss Damilare Sonoiki's lawsuit, lawyers for the university told Judge Denise J. Casper that Sonoiki got every single right and process that was laid out for him in his student handbook and other documents.

Harvard counsel Anton Metlitsky of O'Melveny & Myers LLP took on Sonoiki's argument that the...

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