MADISON — A UW-Madison student who accused former Badgers football player Quintez Cephus of sexually assaulting her is suing the University of Wisconsin.
According to the anonymous plaintiff, the university kept her out of the process that eventually led the player back onto the team and the school.
The plaintiff argues that “the University of Wisconsin discriminated against her, in violation of Title IX, through its deliberate indifference to known sexual violence and for [sic] itsr gender motivated failure to provide even basic due process to Plaintiff.”
The investigation took 14 months to complete and it ended with Cephus being expelled from the university. When the case went to criminal trial, the jury ruled that the state failed to prove that the player was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and thus acquitted Cephus.
“On information and belief, Defendants’ actions were the result of gender bias and in response to specific and substantial gender-based pressures from the UW community as well as the media,” according to the lawsuit.