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Australian student Lewis McLeod sues Duke University amid sex assault claims

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An Australian student accused of sexual assault is suing Duke University after the elite US college banned him from his May graduation.

Lewis McLeod, a former Sydney Grammar School student and member of Duke's soccer team, says without his degree he can't take up a Wall Street job offer, will be unable to renew his US visa and will be forced to return to Australia.

Police in Durham, North Carolina, investigated an alleged November 14 rape and decided not to charge him with a crime.

However, the university's disciplinary panel conducted its own investigation, found Mr McLeod guilty and expelled him, according to North Carolina TV station WRAL.

Mr McLeod, 23, met the 18-year-old female student at a popular university bar, Shooters, and went back to Mr McLeod's Sigma Nu fraternity house.

Mr McLeod alleged they had sex and it was consensual, while the woman said it was not.

A Durham County Superior Court judge will rule on Mr McLeod's case.

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