Matter of P.C. v. Stony Brook University


Donna Aldea and Alexander Klein Win Article 78 Appeal Against University in Title IX Case

Our client, a Stony Brook University student with a bright future, had his life upended and job prospects destroyed when he was unfairly accused of sexual misconduct for engaging in consensual sexual relations with another student after both had been drinking. Suspended from school, with his academic record tarnished, he turned to us for help. Represented by Appellate Litigation Partner Donna Aldea and Civil Litigation Partner Alexander Klein, our client obtained a decisive victory against the University, with the court annulling the school’s determination, vacating all penalties, dismissing all charges, and ordering the school to expunge all references to the disciplinary action from his academic record.

This decision, rendered by the Appellate Division, Second Department – which encompasses 10 counties in its jurisdiction -- Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess – not only profoundly impacted the life and future of our client, but is also published appellate precedent that will influence and shape the course of Title IX litigation throughout the state.

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