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Saint John's University student suspended for sexual misconduct withdrawing lawsuit alleging he was unfairly punished

Saint John's University student suspended for sexual misconduct withdrawing lawsuit alleging he was unfairly punished Click to Enlarge

(KNSI/NBC) - A Saint John's University student who was suspended for sexual misconduct is withdrawing his lawsuit alleging that he was unfairly punished.

In October 2016, Aaron Wildenborg sued St. John's and the College of Saint Benedict after he was suspended for two years.

Both sides have agreed to dismiss the case with no exchange of money.

The student from Red Wing initially sought to have his disciplinary record cleared, a return to school and the restoration of more than $500,000 in scholarships.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, accused the university of gender bias for how it handled a sexual misconduct investigation of Wildenborg.

St. John's found that Wildenborg violated the university's sexual misconduct policy by not getting consent from a female student after a Halloween party in 2015 at the College of St. Benedict.

Wildenborg was represented by attorney Andrea Jepsen of the School Law Center.

She says Wildenborg asked the woman "do you consent to this" and the woman verbally consented, but the university contends that the woman didn't have the capacity to give consent because she had been drinking.

Jepsen says Wildenborg had no indication that the woman had been drinking.

Jepsen also says it's a double standard because her client asked the woman if she consented but the woman didn't ask him if he consented.

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