New Title IX Rules Retroactive: Doe v. Rensselaer Polytechnic University

The new Title IX rules instituted on August 14, 2020 guarantee more due process rights to both the accused and to accusers.  Still, colleges and universities that fought the new regulations tooth and nail, wish to keep applying their old rules as long as they can.  Recently, the United States District Court, Northern District of… Continue reading New Title IX Rules Retroactive: Doe v. Rensselaer Polytechnic University

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Alleged sexual assault case at UConn puts school’s enforcement of sexual misconduct rules on trial

Case featured in Hartford Courant A federal court has delivered an early legal win to a UConn student whose claim that he was unfairly suspended for an alleged sexual assault could put the school’s system for investigating and punishing sexual misconduct on trial. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea issued a temporary order requiring the school… Continue reading Alleged sexual assault case at UConn puts school’s enforcement of sexual misconduct rules on trial

Federal Judge Concludes UConn Sexual Assault Hearing Likely Violated Due Process

Case featured on Reason Magazine From Doe v. Univ. of Connecticut, decided Thursday by Judge Michael P. Shea (D. Conn.): This case challenges the fairness of disciplinary proceedings brought against Plaintiff John Doe by the University of Connecticut (“UCONN”) for alleged sexual assault, culminating in the Plaintiff’s two-year suspension from the University…. As set forth herein,… Continue reading Federal Judge Concludes UConn Sexual Assault Hearing Likely Violated Due Process

Three Lessons For Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault In The Purdue University Case

Three Lessons For Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault In The Purdue University Case At the end of June as the dog days of summer began, a three-Judge panel, all women judges of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled against Purdue University. The Appeals Court decided in favor of a male student who sued Purdue under… Continue reading Three Lessons For Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault In The Purdue University Case

New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Arguments over statistics and Title IX are nothing new, but researchers rarely focus on what is effective in preventing sexual assault. Now a recent study by social scientists at Columbia University suggests an effective way to counter sexual assault on campus along with student misconduct policies and Title IX. The Columbia study shows that learning… Continue reading New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

Marshall University of West Virginia has settled a lawsuit with a former freshman student who alleged that the university’s Title IX judiciary bungled her complaint of a rape that occurred in her residence hall. A witness, also in the room, corroborated the student’s account that she withdrew consent by repeatedly telling her assailant to stop.… Continue reading Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

An In-Depth Look: Title IX and the Code of Conduct at Connecticut College

Connecticut College has a unique Honor Code in which a select group of students disciplines their peers. However, a self-standing quasi-judiciary handles Title IX sexual misconduct violations under a separate system. College enrollment is just over 1,800 students. Despite this small student body, Conn College received 12 reports of rape, five of dating violence, and… Continue reading An In-Depth Look: Title IX and the Code of Conduct at Connecticut College

New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

Arguments over statistics and Title IX are nothing new, but researchers rarely focus on what is effective in preventing sexual assault. Now a recent study by social scientists at Columbia University suggests an effective way to counter sexual assault on campus along with student misconduct policies and Title IX. The Columbia study shows that learning… Continue reading New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

What Is a Title IX Interim Measure?

Before colleges or universities begin investigating a claim of sexual assault or other misconduct, they typically act to isolate the parties and, ideally, to protect them and the evidence during the investigation. These measures are usually called “interim measures.” Some schools call them “interim actions.” New regulations proposed by the Office for Civil Rights of… Continue reading What Is a Title IX Interim Measure?