IU taps retired professor to review sexual misconduct cases

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Update (April 14, 2016)– Jason Casares will not be charged in relation to this case. Read more here.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Administrator's suspension led to handing over of more than a dozen cases.
  • IU officials hope to restore faith in the system.
  • Former law professor will oversee the sexual misconduct cases.
  • No timetable for investigation.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2016) -- Indiana University is handing over more than a dozen sexual misconduct cases to a retired professor, who will provide a second opinion due to an administrator's suspension.

In early February, the school placed Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Director Jason Casares on paid administrative leave. A woman who served on a national board with Casares accused him of sexual misconduct while the two were at a convention together. The school is still investigating her claims.

Casares serves on a three-member panel that rules on sexual misconduct cases at IU, leading the school to reconsider cases that involved him.

Retired law professor and Title IX expert Julia Lamber has been tapped to look into 18 cases, all decided this academic school year. Lamber will not re-investigate the cases or do any interviews. Instead, she will be given case files and recordings of the panels to determine if they were fairly decided.

"These allegations against him just came to light or happened in December so we thought it was prudent just to go back to the beginning of this academic year ... to make sure that we were being thorough," Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Mark Land said.

Lamber will receive the files this week. There is no timeline for her investigation.

Land said the school hopes this will restore faith in the system.

"We still want people to come forward and be part of the process. We hope that people won’t lose faith in the process because it is a very robust one and one that we’re very committed to," Land said.

Any students with questions should contact the Dean of Students Office.

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