Judge denies Occidental request to seal suit over expulsion

Jun 19, 2014 by

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge refused to seal portions of a lawsuit against Occidental College on Wednesday, denying such a request from attorneys for the liberal arts school.

Lawyers for Occidental had asked Judge Luis A. Lavin to make confidential an investigative report included in a case filed by a former student who was expelled after an internal school panel found that he had sexually assaulted a classmate while both were drunk.

Attorneys for the Eagle Rock college argued that documents contained “sensitive, confidential and personal information.”

Attorneys for The Times and the man opposed Occidental’s request, saying that the lawsuit had been filed earlier this year and that the college had made no previous effort to seal any documents.

The judge agreed, saying: “I don’t understand why [it] is so pressing in June when it wasn’t so pressing in February.”

The Times published a story earlier this month based partially on allegations contained in the documents.

The nearly 180-page investigative report, conducted by an outside firm, contained interviews about the incident with witnesses and the victim. In it, the students said: Both had been drinking, she went to his room, took off her shirt while dancing, kissed him and returned to his room later for sex, asking in a text message if he had a condom. When friends stopped by the room to ask if she was OK, she told them yes.

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via Judge denies Occidental request to seal suit over expulsion – Los Angeles Times.

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