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Barring any provisions contained in his employment contract, if any, there is no hard and fast law that says the employer cannot suspend or even fire a worker for reasons that seem unfair. It is impossible to prove a negative, i.e. that your son didn't make the tape. But this is not a criminal offense either. Proof of the grounds for suspension is at the discretion and sole judgment of the employer. As long as the school is following its own employee rules and guidelines, they have the right to suspend employees. In summary, other than having an attorney review the schools own employee guidelines and perhaps request a hearing based on those guidelines, there would be no other legal recourse.
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can I assume then, that the school can also expel my son if they see fit? do I have any legal recourse against those students who have accused my son, in the absence of tangible evidence against him?
Expulsion from school would fall under a different set of rules and guidelines than the employment issue. The university must follow those rules, which most likely will have a hearing and appeal process. Any legal remedy or case against other students must be undertaken by your son, assuming he is over 18. There is little or nothing that you yourself can do in this matter as his representative.