Suspended Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus is suing the university for allegedly violating his constitutional rights, according to a report from Madison.com.
Cephus, who was charged in August with sexual assaults of two women, is alleging that the University of Wisconsin violated his constitutional rights by pursuing a student disciplinary investigation despite his inability to participate due to a criminal investigation that is ongoing.
Cephus claims that the Title IX investigation against him that began in May is unfair and should be stopped.
On Aug. 31, the lawsuit states, Title IX coordinator Lauren Hasselbacher issued her initial investigative report, despite Cephus’ “inability to participate in an interview or otherwise meaningfully participate in the university’s process,” due to the ongoing criminal case against Cephus.
“Defendants have knowingly and intentionally forced (Cephus) into the predicament of having to either waive his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by choosing to participate in the university process despite the potential harm to his criminal defense,” the lawsuit states, “or decline to participate in the university’s process thus leading to the inevitable finding of responsibility and severe sanctions.”
Sanctions can include expulsion from UW.
Meredith McGlone, a spokesperson for the University of Wisconsin says the lawsuit has not yet been reviewed but is “confident that (the university’s) processes related to these types of investigations comply with federal law.”
Cephus was suspended by the Badgers in August after being charged with second- and third-degree sexual assault. He has maintained his innocence, claiming the actions were consensual.