In 2011, a female student accused Lanston Tanyi and another football player of raping her. He was suspended, but a disciplinary hearing cleared Tanyi of wrong-doing and he was allowed to return to school -- but was banned from the football team. During the hearing Tanyi said he was told he couldn't have an attorney, but said his accuser was allowed a lawyer. The district attorney investigated but charges were never filed. Tanyi asked that the school expunge his record and asked for an unspecified amount of money for damages. Outcome: Title IX claim dismissed; settlement granted for due process claim.
Attorney: Tin Fulton Walker & Owen
A Duke senior sues the university after being expelled over allegations of sexual misconduct. Three days before final exams in April 2014, Duke expelled McLeod, a senior who was on the Dean's List, under what the university is calling a new sexual misconduct practice. (However, university administrators, foreseeing a potential lawsuit, permitted him to take his final exams.) He is the first Duke student to be expelled for sexual misconduct in recent history. Because of his expulsion, he couldn't get his degree, and without a degree, he couldn't accept a job offer from a Wall Street investment firm, where he was set to begin that July.
Attorney: Schwartz & Schaw
Following the rape conviction of her assailant, Jane Roe withdrew from the university and began classes at Hofstra because of the stress inflicted from the incident. Roe is suing Duke, claiming that advisers and Deans whom she consulted tricked her into forging statements that would bar her reentry into Duke University. She is also claiming that the university did much to repress the media coverage and severity of the case in its restitution.
Attorney: Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, David Evans