MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) Suspended UW-Badger Football wide receiver Quintez Cephus, is suing UW-Madison saying they violated his rights during a Title IX investigation.
Cephus was charged in August with sexual assaults of two women. Madison Police say the incidents happened in April. He was ordered to stand trial and his arraignment is on Thursday.
According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, UW-Madison is refusing to stop its Title IX investigation while his criminal case is pending with Dane County Circuit Court.
The internal investigation began at the end of May. According to court documents, the Title IX coordinator, Lauren Hasselbacher, issued her initial report despite Cephus' not being able to participate in an interview.
According to his attorney, Stephen Meyer, if Cephus participated in the interview would infringe on Cephus' Fifth Amendment rights.
According to the lawsuit, the university "knowingly and intentionally forced Plaintiff (Cephus) into the predicament of having to either waive his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, or decline to participate in the University's process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and University imposed sanctions."
Possible sanctions could include expulsion from UW-Madison.
In addition to Hasselbacher, the lawsuit also names the defendants as the UW Board of Regents and Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
Cephus and his attorneys are asking for UW-Madison to halt its Title IX investigation until criminal proceedings are completed. They are also asking for an unspecified amount of money for emotional and psychological damage, damage to Cephus' reputation and future career prospects.
The lawsuit also demands UW to suspend its disciplinary proceedings against Cephus until the criminal case against him is resolved.