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The Dalhousie University dentistry building is seen in Halifax on Jan. 12, 2015.ANDREW VAUGHAN/The Canadian Press

One of the 13 Dalhousie University dentistry students at the centre of the misogynist Facebook group scandal spent more than four hours Tuesday night pleading his case before a disciplinary hearing, asking for his suspension to be lifted so he can graduate this spring.

Ryan Millet, 29, and his lawyer left through a side door of the dentistry building, avoiding reporters after the closed-door marathon session with the Faculty of Dentistry Academic Standards Class Committee (ASCC) that will rule on his suspension.

"Ryan is hopeful that we'll get some due process tonight," said his lawyer, Bruce MacIntosh, as the two walked into the hearing. Mr. MacIntosh said he wants Mr. Millet's suspension lifted and his reputation restored.

This is Mr. Millet's first appearance before any university administrative body, said his lawyer, noting that the university Senate met in secret Monday night for the second time in two weeks to discuss the case.

Mr. Millet is so far the only one of the group who has come forward publicly. In fact, he and his lawyer have both said that he is the student who blew the whistle on his classmates, putting a stop to the offensive posts after a poll was posted on the site asking which of the female classmates the men would like to have "hate" sex with.

It was too much for Mr. Millet – and he said he informed a female classmate, who then alerted the administration. He said he also quit the Facebook group, which had been operating since their first year.

He and his 12 colleagues, all members of the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen private Facebook group, were suspended from clinical activities. They cannot graduate until their suspensions are lifted.

The university has been struggling to deal with the fallout from the scandal since the story broke in mid-December. The offensive posts provoked protests from university staff and students demanding that the men be expelled. It also has sparked a debate about rape culture across the country.

But the university has shielded the names of all the students, citing privacy. However, dental regulatory bodies in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia have said they will ensure that any of the male students from the Dalhousie 2015 class who apply for licences to practise will be scrutinized for "good character."

In addition to the suspension, the university administration delayed exams for the fourth-year students and separated the male and female students so they are not in classes together. It has also instituted a restorative justice process that has received criticism from student groups and some faculty members.

Mr. Millet, a father of three young children, who is originally from the American Midwest, is not participating in the restorative justice process. His lawyer, Mr. MacIntosh, does not believe that his client has been treated fairly – and for the past several days has been trying to carefully orchestrate select interviews with media outlets to get out Mr. Millet's story.

"To see something so targeted and violent and hateful against someone that you care about is something else," Mr. Millet said about the "hate" sex poll in an interview earlier this week with the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "That's not me. That's not what I'm about. And the people who know me would agree."

His classmates may face similar hearings, according to university spokesman Brian Leadbetter. "The university will continue to evaluate each of the men's individual cases through the [ASCC]," he wrote in an e-mail. "Much of the work under the policies involved is confidential, to ensure that we respect the privacy of all students involved."

Mr. MacIntosh, meanwhile, is critical of the way the university is handling the incident. He said his client has not received due process – and that the university has been writing the "rules as they've been going along."