By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Quintez Cephus — who is presently suspended by the school — has sued the University of Wisconsin-Madison in U.S. District Court, according to Madison.com. He is alleging that the school is violating his constitutional rights.
Cephus was arrested and charged in August with sexual assaults of two women that happened in April. He is facing a student disciplinary investigation that Cephus will not participate in. The reason is that there is an ongoing criminal investigation against him.
The 20-year-old Macon, Georgia native has been suspended by the team since August. The charges against him are serious, as he is facing one count of second-degree sexual assault and another count of third-degree sexual assault.
He alleges that the Title IX investigation, which began on May 31 is “unfair and should be stopped.”
Lauren Hasselbacher, the school’s Title IX coordinator, according to Madison.com, released her initial findings on August 31st. She said “despite Cephus’ inability to participate in an interview or otherwise meaningfully participate in the un the university’s process,” because of the criminal case against him.
“Defendants have knowingly and intentionally forced [Cephus] into the predicament of having to either wave his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by choosing to participate in the university process despite the potential harm his criminal defense,” the lawsuit says, according to Madison.com. “or decline to participate in the University’s process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and severe sanctions.”
He could be kicked out of Wisconsin.
Cephus’ lawsuit also says “highlights the widespread issue of colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, investigating and adjudicating allegations against its students prior to the conclusion of any parallel criminal case.”
The lawsuit names Hasselbacher, along with the Wisconsin Board of Regents, Director of the Office of Compliance Cathy Trueba, and Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
“We have not yet reviewed this lawsuit. However, we are confident that our processes related to these types of investigations comply with federal law,” UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said.
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