Why does it matter?
As the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized, statutes of limitations are critical to the rule of law. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, the Sixth Circuit’s ruling will undermine the vital interests served by statutes of limitations and negatively impact educational institutions that accept federal funds, as well as the students of these institutions. Title IX is an important federal statutory program that protects access to educational programs and activities across the country. More than 100,000 educational institutions – with collective enrollment of nearly 70 million students – receive federal funds and are potentially subject to Title IX.
Allowing the Sixth Circuit ruling to stand and allowing decades-old claims to be brought forth could cause schools to refrain from doing exactly what Ohio State did in this case – launch a rigorous investigation into decades-old abuses to do everything it can to prevent such abuses in the future.
Additionally, the inevitable increase in costs associated with litigating Title IX claims decades in the past could divert funds allocated for educational programs and activities, ultimately harming students themselves.
Ohio State’s petition does not diminish the university’s commitment to supporting survivors, discovering and sharing the facts, and continuing its work to change the culture of the past – and to preventing abuse in the future – as Ohio State has done over the past 25 years. This petition asks the Supreme Court to uphold fundamental, well-established legal principles and the rule of law. The questions presented in the petition are purely legal issues with implications that will extend far beyond Ohio State.