Title IX gives universities greater latitude to punish students accused of sexual assault

Suspicion about the cause of Michael Dixon Jr.'s suspension from the Missouri basketball team has risen since an MU woman accused him of sexual assault.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 6:12 p.m. CST; updated 6:57 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — Michael Dixon Jr. appears to be clear of criminal charges related to a rape accusation by a fellow MU student. But recent changes in the interpretation of Title IX have prompted universities to take more aggressive action against students accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault.