The Daily Weekly Podcast: Why is Umich Requiring Sexual Assault Survivors to be Cross-Examined?

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:02pm


Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX policy affects many areas of the university from sports gender equity to the sexual misconduct policy. 

Title IX has been in the news A LOT recently. In an effort to increase due process for the accused, Betsy DeVos has been proposing Title IX policy rollbacks.

Many sexual assault activists at the University of Michigan are opposed to these Title IX changes, BUT their focus is on the University and its Interim student sexual misconduct policy.  The Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy at the University of Michigan, was enacted on January 9th, 2019. It requires accusers of sexual assault to be cross-examined by the accused. 

In August, the ACLU of Michigan wrote an open letter to the university asking them to reverse this interim policy, and replace it with "a policy that guarantees cross-examination, but does not permit it to be conducted personally by the accused student."

Student activists have been demonstrating against the university, but changes have yet to be made. We talk with these students opposed to the policy to hash out the differences between Title IX and the university’s misconduct policy, and why the university opted for this update. 

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