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Oct 4, 2016 11:25 AM

Parents of ex-Phillips Exeter student want access to independent investigation

EXETER — The parents of a former Phillips Exeter Academy student are arguing that they should be given access to an independent investigation report that was done on their son after an alleged sexual assault with another student.

READ: Parents sue Phillips Exeter, say it changed punishment for son accused of sexual assault

The parents filed a lawsuit with Phillips Exeter Academy saying the prep school mishandled punishing their son who was accused of sexually assaulting another student.

They are now fighting to gain access to an independent investigation that the academy conducted when the incident occurred. However, the academy's lawyers are saying that the investigative report is private, so they do not need to provide it as evidence because it is privileged information, the Union Leader reported.

The lawsuit alleges that school administrators told the suspect's parents that he would be placed on "Dean's Leave" for one semester, but then could return in the fall. The administrators allegedly changed that decision, and three months later told the parents their son would not be allowed back to the school after another student's sexual assault case was profiled in the Boston Globe.

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