DIVIDED 5th Circuit Ruling Offers Contrasting Analysis of Due Process in TIX Sex Case

By a split 2–1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the University of Houston did not violate the due process rights of two students who were expelled for sexual misconduct.  The Plummer case presents two clearly contrasting judicial viewpoints-a majority opinion showing deference to the University and a dissenting opinion asserting that the judiciary must intervene to correct processes that are not protecting the rights of the accused. The case remains before the Fifth Circuit, where the students have petitioned for a full en banc review…In their petition, the students request that the full Fifth Circuit provide “what the [majority opinion] failed to do: guidance for colleges and universities to implement Title IX in accordance with the Due Process Clause.”  (Plummer v. University of Houston, et al., No. 15-20350 (5th Cir. June 26, 2017).

nixonpeabody.com By Sciocchetti and Richard

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