Request to turn lawsuit into class action could reverse dozens of sex assault convictions

Jul 8, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A request to expand a legal challenge against Michigan State University has the potential to reverse many findings against students accused of sexual assault. 

The motion was first reported by The Detroit Free Press. The initial lawsuit claims MSU’s disciplinary system denied due process to the man accused of assault. That’s because there was no chance for direct, in-person questioning of the woman who made the accusation.

MSU found the man was responsible and suspended him for two years. The new motion seeks to make the case a class action, which could affect dozens of findings against people accused of sexual assault at MSU. If the class action request is approved, it could eventually be extended even further to cover similar lawsuits across the territory covered by the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That includes not only Michigan, but also Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.