A South Carolina jury awarded a former Clemson University student $5.3 million on defamation and civil conspiracy claims last week, the result of a five-year legal battle stemming from unfounded charges of sexual misconduct in 2015.
The lawsuit was against three individuals—not Clemson. But campuses across the country took note.
“That’s a chilling award,” said Peter Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at...
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