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Engel in Dayton Daily News: Schools Throwing Kids Out to Impress the Federal Government

Engel in Dayton Daily News:  Schools Throwing Kids Out to Impress the Federal Government

Joshua Adam Engel was quoted in a long Dayton Daily News feature on legal challenges to sexual assault and Title IX adjudications on college and university campuses.

In an October 16, 2015 article in the Dayton Daily News, Josh Swigert writes that colleges and universities under intense public and federal pressure to tamp down on campus sexual assaults are facing mounting accusations that they rush to judgment against the accused with biased policies and poorly trained hearing boards.

Colleges and universities under intense public and federal pressure to tamp down on campus sexual assaults are facing mounting accusations that they rush to judgment against the accused with biased policies and poorly trained hearing boards.

Just since March, six Ohio universities have been sued in federal court. The separate lawsuits each allege that unfair treatment in sexual misconduct cases led to male students being kicked out of school even though the facts are in dispute and no criminal charges are involved. . . .

. . . Joshua Engel, a Mason attorney who is representing students suing Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University and Marietta College, said universities have a financial motive for unjustly treating the accused.  “Schools are scared,” he said. “They’re scared that if they don’t crack down and show they are tough on allegations of campus sexual assault, that the federal government is going to come in and take all their money. How do they keep the federal government from investigating them and threatening their funding? The way to do that is by throwing kids out of school because that impresses the federal government, evidently.”

Engel has recently brought a number of lawsuits against schools alleging that the schools employ unfair disciplinary processes.

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