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It began as a night of drinking and flirtation between two Columbia University classmates four years ago. It turned into a federal lawsuit with unusually detailed documentation.
And now it has ended in a settlement that underscores the contentiousness of the national debate over campus sexual misconduct cases, a debate that the incoming Biden administration is expected to soon as it considers whether to overhaul federal sexual assault policies. Under the settlement filed on Dec. It has also agreed to pay him an undisclosed cash award and to send a statement to prospective employers describing him as an alumnus in good standing, Mr.
The case is unusual because Mr. Feibleman willingly sued under his own name, rather than a pseudonym, and because he had made a minute audiotape of the sexual encounter.
That recording became a centerpiece of his defense. In a statement, Columbia said that it had not withdrawn its findings against Mr. Feibleman even though it had settled with him. And the accuser, who has not been identified in court papers, continues to say that an assault took place. But Mr. The case spanned two presidential administrations and now may have implications for a third. It paints a picture of a campus culture in which students have become hyper-aware of the rules of academic sexual misconduct and worry about how every intimate encounter is going to look down the road.
The complaint against Mr. Feibleman was filed in the fall of during the Obama administration, whose campus sexual assault policies broadly favored believing the accusers, who are usually women. Those policies were in effect through the adjudication of the case by Columbia. In the background was the presidential campaign, during which a tape surfaced of Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate for president, boasting about forcing himself on women.
Columbia had also in the recent past received widespread media attention from the case of Emma Sulkowicz, who carried a mattress around the campus as a piece of performance art to protest what she said had been her rape by a fellow student, whom Columbia cleared. Columbia issued its verdict against Mr.
Feibleman in Junedeclining to give him his diploma. He filed a federal suit against the university in May That suit was settled after the Trump administration had adopted a regulation to give more due process protections to the accused, generally men, effective in August. Now, the incoming administration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Supporters of the Obama-era guidance said that it was a long overdue counterweight to a history of shaming women into not reporting sexual violence.
More than federal and state lawsuits have been filed by students accused of sexual misconduct since Aprilwhen the Obama administration instituted its new policies, according to a database compiled by KC Johnson, a history professor at Brooklyn College, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit civil liberties group. InColumbia expelled Mr. Feibleman after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of sexual assault and harassment, including digital penetration and choking while the woman was incapable of giving consent, according to court papers.
Columbia declined to comment on those findings other than to say that it stood by them. Through her lawyer, the woman in the case, who was not a defendant in Mr. Konidaris said she saw Mr. She noted that Mr. Feibleman had filed an earlier version of his complaint that included the names and photographs of the woman and student witnesses, which Columbia fought — successfully — to remove. In an interview, Mr. Feibleman was 33, a former Marine from Salem, Ore. He enlisted at 17, served six months in Iraq and was discharged as a sergeant after five years; his accuser was 22 and a recent college graduate.
They were acquainted from class and began flirting at a journalism school reception, Mr. Feibleman said. They continued their tryst on the roof of a nearby Manhattan apartment building, where the woman scampered up a ladder to the sloped top of a water tower atop a floor building. She taunted Mr. The woman straddled Mr. Feibleman sees her daredevil behavior as evidence that she was in control of her faculties; Columbia saw it as evidence that she was intoxicated, according to court papers. They ended up in her bedroom, where, at a. Feibleman pressed the record button on his cellphone. He also chronicled part of the evening, including on the water tower, on his Nikon D camera.
Feibleman allowed The New York Times to review, is like a mash-up of a sex tape, a sting operation and a legal deposition. They are talking about sex almost as soon as the tape begins.
Her voice sounds drowsy, sometimes slightly slurred. When they are not whispering, his voice sounds clear and in control. No, wait. Feibleman tells her what happened that night. She says she does not remember any of it. At the end of the recording, as Mr. He says the case has consumed him.
Erica Green contributed reporting. Minutes later, the tape takes a sudden turn in tone.Sex with Columbia women
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