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Oberlin Student’s Challenge to Sexual Assault Policy Revived

June 29, 2020, 7:09 PM

An Oberlin College student adequately alleged that the school unlawfully discriminated against him on the basis of sex by expelling him following a sexual assault investigation, the Sixth Circuit said Monday.

Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1965 bars universities that receive federal funds from discriminating against students on the basis of their sex, the court said.

The student’s complaint sufficiently asserted that Oberlin’s delays in completing an investigation and reaching a disciplinary decision were discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a split decision.

The student also showed that Oberlin may have...

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