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U. of North Dakota Reverses Expulsion After Alleged False Report of Sexual Assault

The University of North Dakota has lifted sanctions against a former student it dismissed last year for sexual assault but whose alleged victim was later criminally charged with filing a false report. Backed by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the accused student, Caleb Warner, had petitioned the university to consider his belated appeal. North Dakota’s provost, Paul A. LeBel, wrote last week in a formal ruling that although the presumption of innocence applies to the accuser, who will not be extradited for the case to proceed, the arrest warrant reflects the “professional judgment of a trained law-enforcement officer that there was probable cause to doubt” the accusation.

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