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Campus sexual assault is a real problem. Those who have been sexually assaulted deserve a hearing that will guarantee their safety and ability to stay in school. Those falsely accused deserve the right to a fair hearing where they have a real opportunity to challenge the allegations and clear their name.
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Student disciplinary hearings for claims of campus sexual assault are not new. In the typical Title IX case, a student accuses another student of a “date rape” type sexual assault, following a date, or a night of drinking at the bar. Under traditional Title 9 hearing rules, the accused students received almost no due process. This lead to students being suspended or expelled, without any ability to defend themselves. Then, in the wake of #metoo, restrictions on basic due process rights during those hearings spread quickly over the past several years. Students were frequently sanctioned, suspended, forced to live off campus, and expelled without these basic rights – like confronting their accuser, questioning him/her, appealing the decision, be represented by counsel, trial be a student jury, and or even be in the same room or hearing.
The pendulum is swinging back and forth on these hearings. On the one hand, a Federal district court ruled recently that Michigan State University can temporarily suspend a student accused of campus sexual assault pending his Title IX hearing. Rob Kent, the new director of MSU’s Title IX hearings recently 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. Expect an appeal to the Sixth Circuit, as this seems to run contrary to the Sixth Circuit ruling last year on a case out of the University of Michigan that mandated that colleges and universities are required to provide due process rights to students in any Title 9 hearing.
In that previous case, the Sixth Circuit federal court of appeals held in 2018 that the University of Michigan, and all colleges, must protect the due process rights of their students in these hearings, by allowing rights such as cross-examination in a live hearing. Accused students, most who have been expelled, continue to win lawsuits in federal court against colleges, demanding due process from schools before they can be expelled or sanctioned. Sexual assault is a terrible thing, but as high profile cases like Duke LAX have frequently proved, false allegations are terrible as well. And basic due process and a fair hearing are critically important to avoiding injustice – to both sides. These rights serve an important check against false accusations, and prevent innocent students from being suspended or expelled. The Title 9 saga will continue, and it appears that more litigation will be required before all of these rules and requirements are flushed out and finalized.
If you find yourself falsely accused of a campus sexual assault in a title IX hearing, do not leave your education or your future to chance.
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If you find yourself falsely accused of a campus sexual assault in a title IX hearing, do not leave your education or your future to chance. We understand the life-changing nature of these types of allegations. We never judge or assume; rather, we immediately start to try and determine the best way to win that case. We do that while providing our clients with the empathetic and compassionate guidance they need to get through this difficult time.
We have won the majority of the many cases we have defended at trial, and can use our extensive experience and expertise to help you as well. Do not wait for the police or prosecutors to make the first move. Speak with our Southfield defense team now, and allow us to put our knowledge, skill, and expertise to good use.
THE BEST DEFENSE STRATEGY IS AN AGGRESSIVE OFFENSE
Simply put, we are not afraid to take on prosecutors. We know that a relentless, effective, and well-thought out defense strategy will be critical to the success of a case. Because we always prepare every case extensively from the very beginning of our representation, we can offer persuasive rebuttals to any allegations brought by the Prosecution. We developed a multi-disciplinary approach, using a team of professionals to investigate and prepare our defense – experts, psychologists, lawyers, trial consultants, investigators, and jury consultants to prepare our client and our case for trial. We employ mock trials, practice direct and cross examinations, focus groups, client reenactments, and interview every possible witness to leave no trial stone unturned, and put the case in the best position to be won. When falsely accused of a crime, we demand that our clients to be treated fairly and equally by the justice system. We defend their rights, and protect their future.