May 2019

MSU: Title IX Sexual Assault

Title IX Sexual Assault

MSU just can’t get this Title IX sexual assault hearing thing right. 1 step forward, 2 steps back. Of course, most Universities don’t get it right, at least in Michigan.

A few weeks after letting Michael Talbot go, Rob Kent, the new director of MSU’s Title IX hearings, announced sweeping new changes in the University’s hearing policies. The hearings will take place electronically, and representatives, rather than the people directly involved in the complaints, will pose questions “Nobody’s actually going to have to confront the person through the cross-examination,” Kent said. Bad news for Kent and MSU – the changes are illegal.

In a 2018 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of students accused of violating university rules to use cross-examination in a live hearing. So, the law now requires colleges to protect the due process rights of their students in these hearings, by allowing rights such as cross-examination. These protections serve an important check against false accusations, and prevent innocent students from being suspended or expelled. 

If you are faced with such an allegation, do not leave your education or future to chance. Call the experienced Title IX Michigan sex crimes lawyers at Satawa Law for your confidential, no cost review of your case. Satawa Law. Defending your rights, protecting your future. 

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