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College Student Sexual Misconduct
Michigan universities investigate allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault between students.
These investigations can result in suspension or expulsion from school.
Each school has different procedures and policies for the investigation process. Each school has developed a policy with definitions of assault, consent, and harassment. These definitions may be similar to legal principles but also unique to the school’s policy.
These investigation can also parallel or come before / after a criminal investigation or a criminal charge.
The Title IX Investigation
Many schools use the investigator model for an investigation. The University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University both use an investigator model. This model has an investigator who speaks separately with the student making the accusation and the student accused.
The investigator may provide the accused student with very few details of the allegation. The student appears for an in-person interview to make a statement and answer questions regarding the allegations. The allegations are later revealed in full, and the accused student responds in writing.
The accused student can ask questions of the accuser, but the questions must go through the investigator and are done in private.
The law for sexual misconduct cases may be in a state of change, however. A federal court recently ruled that a University of Michigan student was entitled to a live hearing. The student can ask his accuser questions at this hearing. ArborYpsi Law will continue to stay current on the law.
ArborYpsi Law Will Fight With You
You don’t need to fight a Title IX sexual misconduct case alone. We will be there every step of the way.
Links to University Title IX Policies and Procedures