Category: College Handling of Sexual Misconduct Cases

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

Title IX Discrimination Against Male Students at Colleges and Universities

As other articles on this website demonstrate, male students have been placed at a disadvantage in recent years when they are accused of committing misconduct involving female students. Nobody thinks that men should be allowed to abuse women, but too many college administrators seem to think that Title IX requires them to bend over backwards […]


Higher Ed Often Loses When Courts Review Title IX Complaint Handling

As the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) notes in a footnote to its proposed new regulations for how schools handle Title IX complaints of sexual discrimination, including harassment or misconduct, more than 90 colleges have lost due-process challenges brought by students challenging school disciplinary actions. That means higher educators lose about half of the time […]


Did Baylor Plant a Mole in Campus Anti-Sexual Assault Groups?

A Baylor University administrator is being accused by anonymous critics of having insinuated himself into campus groups protesting the school’s handling of sexual assault claims, then using his position to pass on to school officials and others information on the groups’ protests and other plans. The charges first surfaced in the publication PRWeek in its […]


Virginia College Could Face Biggest-Ever Award to Student Whose Title IX Case It Bungled

Earlier this year, a federal magistrate judge in Harrisonburg, Virginia issued a decision recommending that state college James Madison University (JMU) pay almost $850,000 in attorneys’ fees and court costs to the pseudonymous “John Doe,” a student whom the school wrongly punished for an assault which a Title IX tribunal a year earlier had declined […]


What’s Wrong About How Many Colleges Handle Reports of Sexual Misconduct?

On Wall Street, at the Oscars or Grammy awards, even on Capitol Hill or at the White House, sexual harassment and sexual assault seem nearly omnipresent subjects. As a criminal defense lawyer, I’ve seen many cases – both in the settings of a criminal or juvenile court, and even more often in non-judicial settings such […]


Trial Lawyers Hit Title IX Hearings as Lacking Fairness, Due Process

According to a new report by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), university students accused in campus hearings of sexual misconduct are “deprived of their fundamental fairness,” and procedures set by colleges and universities in response to a legal mandate enforced by the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) are in […]


Education Department Will Revamp Guidelines for Campus Sex Misconduct Probes

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made it official on September 7: her agency plans to change guidelines the Obama administration had set in 2011 for how schools should investigate and handle complaints of sexual misconduct. In a speech delivered at George Mason University, the head of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) said the Obama […]


Suit Challenges DOE Procedure Mandates for College Sex Misconduct Cases

A recent University of Virginia (UVA) law graduate’s new lawsuit attacks the procedural standards for dealing with sexual misconduct cases the Department of Education (DOE) mandates for the nation’s colleges and universities. If successful, the lawsuit could Title IX enforcers to back off their aggressive readings of the specific procedures colleges and universities must use […]


Should College Transcripts Report Accusations of Sex Offenses?

New York Universities Must Report Sex Offenses in College Transcripts Virginia and New York in 2015 became the first states to require academic transcripts from their colleges to show whether a student has been disciplined for sexual assault, but other states have considered following suit, and some members of Congress support a federal law to […]


Advice to College Lawyers on Handling Students’ Sex Misconduct Cases Proves Controversial

The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) stirred controversy last year by publishing advice from a prominent law firm on ways colleges and universities can protect themselves against increasingly numerous and complex lawsuits filed by students involved in campus sexual misconduct hearings. The 18-page article, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A […]

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