John Doe v. Jane Doe
Title IX & Sexual Misconduct
Jane was a college student who reported sexual misconduct by a fellow student to her school. The college conducted a formal Title IX investigation process and hearing, and ultimately found the Respondent responsible for sexual misconduct in violation of its Title IX policy, and removed him from the college. The Respondent brought a defamation suit against Jane, which is still pending in court.
The case involves crucial issues for survivors to exercise their rights under Title IX without fear of suit, including immunity for statements made to institutions and the ability of survivors to rely on Title IX investigations and hearings in defending themselves against these types of suits. This matter is part of a nationwide trend in which students found responsible for sexual assault by their schools retaliate against their victims for reporting by filing defamation suits against them.
Case Adopted January 2023