Fired for Violating or Upholding Title IX Law?

Ohio magistrate recommends a federal judge allow a Title IX lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati to proceed. The university has asked that the case, brought by a former Title IX coordinator who alleged she was forced out for doing her job, be dismissed.

by Greta Anderson November 21, 2019

When the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences honored William Houston last December for overcoming personal and academic challenges and earning his degree, sexual assault survivors were outraged.

Houston was convicted for gross sexual imposition, a serious criminal charge, in Ohio in May 2015 while a student at Bowling Green State University and has been a registered sex offender in the state ever since. Bowling Green suspended him after determining he attempted to rape a woman in 2014. But Houston “found his home and overcame his ‘immaturity’ to graduate as a #UCArtSci student,” the College of Arts and Sciences wrote in a tweet in February promoting an article about Houston receiving a Triumph Cord, a piece of regalia given to graduating Arts and Sciences students who overcame adversity while earning their degrees. Cincinnati was the sixth college he attended.​

William Houston attended six colleges in the past five and a half years but he found his home and overcame his “immaturity” to graduate as a #UCArtSci student. Read more about his story and other #TriumphCord recipients here. #TriumphTuesday 

“I vaguely remember not feeling well, having this gut-churning feeling,” Grace Cunningham, a Cincinnati grad, said about recalling the day she saw the college’s article.

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