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Woman sues UW-Madison after athlete cleared of assault

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman who accused former Badgers football player Quintez Cephus of sexual assault in 2018 is suing the University of Wisconsin-Madison over its decision to reverse Cephus’ expulsion and allow him back on the football team.

Although a university investigation concluded Cephus “more likely than not” sexually assaulted the woman, he was acquitted of criminal sexual assault charges following a jury trial last year. He had been expelled but was soon re-admitted to the university and was once again catching passes for the Badgers.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison this week by “Jane Doe” accused the university and its chancellor of ignoring state and federal law by shutting her out of the process that allowed Cephus to be re-admitted and return to the team. That violated the federal gender equity law known as Title IX, the plaintiff said.

“Such gender bias and deliberately subjecting a female student to a known hostile educational environment in the interest of football is exactly the types of discrimination that Title IX was designed to prevent,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit doesn’t mention Cephus by name, calling him Player 1, but the facts of the case in the lawsuit are identical to those involving Cephus and his roommate, Danny Davis, the State Journal reported.

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said the university is aware of the lawsuit but doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

The Detroit Lions selected Cephus in the fifth round of the NFL draft earlier this year and signed him to a four-year contract.

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