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Colleges face legal backlash from men accused of sex crimes

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ U.S. colleges trying to respond decisively to complaints of sexual assault are getting slammed with lawsuits from men who say they’ve been unfairly suspended or otherwise punished.

At least 75 men have sued their schools since 2013, complaining largely of reverse discrimination and unfair disciplinary proceedings.

Most of the men were never charged with a crime because the accuser didn’t go to police or authorities decided there wasn’t enough evidence.

Schools say they feel caught in the middle.

On one side is the U.S. Education department, which is demanding colleges deal firmly with reports of sexual assault. On the other side are students who say they are not getting a fair shake.