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Suspended student suing SDSU over investigation

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A student, suspended from San Diego State University regarding allegations of sexual misconduct, is now suing the university. 

Sousa's lawyer, Domenic Lombardo, said the investigation was mishandled, and they want officials to give up any evidence on the case. However, a Title IX investigator could take until summer vacation before a final document is turned over, with a possible expulsion hearing.

Sousa is an international student from Portugal with no previous criminal or legal issues. He was detained in December and faces charges of false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. Accusations were made by a female SDSU student.

The lawsuit against SDSU comes at a time when the university is trying to do more to stop sexual violence. After a state audit placed SDSU on a list, one of four universities, that showed the school poorly educated students about sexual violence on campus, the governor gave the school a $200,000 grant to help improve the culture.

Now, students are standing up up to sexual violence and transforming the campus by addressing sexual misconduct one person at a time in what is being called Take Back the Week, which is a week-long series of events aimed at raising awareness about consent, preventing rape, creating healthy relationships and learning how bystanders can intervene.

"Sexual violence doesn't discriminate based on gender or identity. So that our community as a whole recognizes this as an issue," said Corey Polant with the SDSU Sexual Violence Task Force.

SDSU officials will not comment on legal cases that are currently pending.

Sousa adamantly tells his lawyer that he's innocent of any wrongdoing or sexual misconduct.

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