COURT ORDERS LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY TO HALT EXPULSION OF STUDENT IN TITLE IX SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE
Riverside, CA – La Sierra University has been ordered to stop the expulsion of an international student pending court review of the university’s Title IX sexual misconduct disciplinary process. The stay order, issued July 15, 2016 by Riverside Superior Court Judge John D. Molloy, allows the student to stay enrolled and register for classes for the Fall term. John Doe, as student is identified in court records, claims that the university sought to expel him and to revoke his student visa status on May 10, 2016, without any hearing and without identifying the witnesses against him or disclosing any evidence to him. A court hearing on John Doe’s appeal is scheduled for September 16, 2016.
Over 4,100 colleges and universities, with 20.6 million undergraduate and graduate students, are impacted by efforts of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to withhold federal education dollars in order to compel colleges and universities to address sexual violence on their campuses. According to court filings, La Sierra University, a private college founded by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, receives some $30 Million in federal education funds annually.
Case is filed as John Doe v. Marnie Straine, Interim Title IX Coordinator, et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC 1606115.