A federal judge in Cincinnati has issued a temporary restraining order blocking Miami University from disclosing the name of a student accused of sexual assault in a Title IX investigation.
Miami University believed that it was required to disclose the name of the student in response to a public records request. The decision of the judge temporarily blocks any disclosure while the Court considers a broader request from the student to block the enforcement of any discipline arising out of the Title IX investigation and hearing at the school.
Engel & Martin had brought a federal civil rights and Title IX complaint on behalf of a student after Miami University has found Plaintiff responsible for sexual misconduct, suspending him for two years. In the complaint, Plaintiff argues that his hearing was defective for two reasons: First, Plaintiff argues that he was afforded inadequate notice of the nature of the allegations against him. Second, Plaintiff argues that he was never provided the opportunity to cross-examine three witnesses who supplied written testimony to the hearing panel.
A hearing on the broader motion for a preliminary injunction was held on August 10, 2017.