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SMU student acquitted of rape ready to move on

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An SMU student acquitted of a rape charge by a Dallas County jury on Wednesday is ready to move on with his life.

Donald Cuba, 21, was accused of raping a female student in a dorm on the SMU campus in February 2012. The political science major was banned from campus and charged with sexual assault in September.

Cuba credits his family, close friends and lawyers with getting through the experience.

"An accusation like this, isn't like another accusation. I mean, it's an inhuman act to do something like that. Just to have people thinking that about you…all you want to do, every single day for me, for almost 8 months, is just get out from under it," Cuba said.

Cuba's attorney, Robert Udashen, said the jury found inconsistencies with the story from Cuba's accuser – identified in court only as Jan Doe.

"They jury I think rightfully so, found that her allegations weren't credible and that's why we ended up with a verdict that was not guilty," Udashen said.

Despite everything Cuba has been through, he said he wants to return to SMU in the fall and eventually go to law school.

But Cuba has to go through a disciplinary board hearing to be reinstated as a student, or SMU's president can waive the hearing for him to return to campus. When asked to comment, SMU said the review board process is confidential.

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