UMaine System settles lawsuit over handling of sexual misconduct allegations

The University of Maine System dismissed a student who was accused of sexual misconduct but agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed in 2019.

Several women accused the male student of sexual misconduct, and he was suspended while the university investigated an allegation against him. He filed his complaint in the U.S. District Court of Bangor, saying he was also the victim of sexual assault and that the school discriminated against him because of his gender. He sued under the name “John Doe,” and court documents never identified him or the women who accused him.

The parties filed a notice of the settlement agreement last month, but not details were included. Dan Demeritt, a spokesman for the University of Maine System, provided a copy of the settlement agreement Wednesday in response to a public records request but said he could not discuss it.

The agreement includes a confidentiality clause and sets out the only public statement the parties can make about the case: “This case has been settled based on the belief that the agreement reached is in the best interest of the parties, including the University.”

The agreement says the payment will “represent partial reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by Doe.”

The plaintiff attended the University of Maine Farmington. The agreement also says he is not eligible to return to any program or campus in the University of Maine System. His attorneys did not immediately respond to an email about the case Wednesday.

This story will be updated.

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