The settlements follow complaints about issues the AJC reported on earlier this year, when Georgia Tech came under fire by state lawmakers, particularly Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who criticized school leaders for their treatment of students accused of wrongdoing in sexual assault and other misconduct cases. An analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found Georgia Tech had been one of the most aggressive schools in its handling of accused students. Tech had expelled or suspended nearly every student it investigated for sexual misconduct allegations in the past five years, and also handed down stiff penalties to fraternities.
The accused student who was reinstated at Georgia Tech, and his attorney, New York-based Andrew Miltenberg, talked to the AJC previously. At that time, Miltenberg called Tech’s process for adjudicating sex assault cases “out of date and broken.”
Since then, the University System has enacted uniform policies outlining how all public colleges in the state will handle sexual violence and other student-conduct violations. Those new rules took effect July 1.