Univ. of Michigan Reaches Settlement with Student in Title IX Lawsuit

The settlement will void any punishments the school handed down as part of its sexual assault investigation.

The University of Michigan will nullify the findings of a 2012 sexual assault investigation as part of a settlement with a student.

The student, Drew Sterrett, filed a Title IX lawsuit in 2014 arguing the school violated his constitutional rights when it found he sexually assaulted a classmate, according to mlive.com.

On September 1 the school agreed to void Sterrett’s punishment as long as he drops the lawsuit. The university will remove any violations of student conduct it added to Sterrett’s record as a result of the investigation.

The university’s investigation began when an unnamed female student filed a complaint with the school in 2012 alleging Sterrett sexually assaulted her inside Mosher-Jordan Hall in 2012. The complaint was filed several months after the alleged incident and Sterrett was never criminally charged.

The student who brought the complaint issued a warning to her classmates criticizing the university. “The university process will take far longer than they represent it to take, the university does not follow through on commitments of support they purport to offer, and it does not follow its own mandated procedure when investigating sexual violence on its campus,” the anonymous student said in a statement.

The university released a statement stressing the importance of using the school’s sexual violence resources and defending the processes it has in place to report sexual misconduct on campus.

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