I signed a no-contest waiver when I was falsely accused of violating my university conduct code. I did this because I did not have the time to go through my university's kangaroo court judicial system (I had to complete tough classes and had to maintain my GPA). After graduation, I finally have time to sue the university for defamation along with other civil torts. If I sue the university, do I get a clean slate in court? (Or am I already pre-guilty because I signed the non-contest waiver) If I sue the university and the university in its defense tries to show the judge that I signed the no-contest waiver, can I tell the judge that the document was signed under duress and should be rescinded and ignored? Will the judge give me a chance to prove that all the accusations were false while disregarding the no-contest waiver I signed? Just because I did not contest the false allegations in the university's kangaroo court doesn't mean I won't contest it in real court. Will the judge allow the facts to start from the beginning (looking at each allegation individually) and allow me to prove my innocence for each false allegation, and then ultimately reward me with MONEY if found innocent?
None can know what the document means without reading the document you signed.
Your chance to prove your innocence was with the university process you decided to skip---the threshold for proving your case would have been far easier than it would be in a civil courtroom.
Unless you have five to $10,000 to spend on a defamation case and you don't care that many more people will become aware of your honors violation(through the open civil court process) than did at school, and you want a permanent internet searchable association between your name and honors violations issues then a defamation case might be the way to go. Since you do not appear to have any damages and you were allowed to graduate there is not much a court will be able to do for you and your thousands of dollars in litigation expenses could result in an award of $1. Not a good ROI.
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It is impossible to answer your questions without reading the contract including the "no contest" clause. Not all no contest clauses read the same.
I agree with the others and I am guessing that the university had you waive your right to sue in the contract you signed. That said I have no idea without seeing it.
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