Federal court says UC student can’t be suspended for sex assault case

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Federal court says UC student can’t be suspended for sex assault case

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A federal appeals court upheld a blocking of a student suspension at the University of Cincinnati on Monday.

A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld the blocking of the University of Cincinnati’s suspension of a male student stemming form allegations of sexual assault.

The student argued he was denied the right to confront the female student who accused him of sexual assault, the Associated Press reports.

The student claims his constitutional rights were violated, according to AP. The male student said their sex at his apartment in 2015 was consensual, while the female student reported it wasn’t.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in a 3-0 ruling with a federal judge’s 2016 injunction that was made when the male student appealed his suspension from UC.

The ruling comes just days after an announcement that the Trump administration will at least temporarily roll back Obama-era policies on investigating sexual assault on college campuses.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month that she planned to change Title IX campus sexual assault guidelines.

DeVos said that colleges need to do a better job at balancing the rights of the accuser and the accused but she gave few clues as to what permanent changes are to come.

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