A lawyer retained by Stanford University to represent students making sexual-assault complaints has been dismissed after telling The New York Times about her frustrations with the university’s process, the newspaper reports.
Crystal Riggins was one of six lawyers that Stanford held on retainer to guide students involved in complaints filed under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. On January 31, Ms. Riggins received an email saying that her services would no longer be needed following publication of “disappointing” comments she had made to the Times about the university’s internal adjudication process.
In an article published on December 29, Ms. Riggins said that Stanford’s process was “complex and takes a long time.” She also expressed concern about the university’s requirement that its three-member adjudication panels reach unanimous decisions on whether students accused of sexual assault are responsible or not.
A Stanford spokeswoman told the Times that it would be “unconscionable and unfair to refer any student to an attorney who does not have confidence in our process.”