Henry Ford Community College is being sued by a convicted sex offender who believes he was wrongfully kicked out of the Dearborn school.
According to CBS Detroit, Detroit resident Michael Branch was kicked out of HFCC last year when the school learned of his police record. The 38-year-old student was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2004.
The civil rights lawsuit, filed on July 17 in Michigan's Eastern District Court, asks that Branch be reinstated as a student at the school.
The suit was also filed against HFCC Vice President of Student Affairs Lisa Jones-Harris.
According to WXYZ, Branch said he had a 3.7 GPA at the school. He is off parole, and his parole officer OK'd his attendance at HFCC.
Branch was pursuing a degree in heating and cooling.
Under state law, registered sex offenders are not prohibited from attending institutions of higher learning; they must, however, report that they are enrolling.
HFCC's admission requirements do not state that they won't accept registered sex offenders, but that "the College can reject or dismiss any individual whose application contains any misrepresentation, omission or incorrect statement of fact, or who the College believes poses a risk to the health or safety of themselves, other students, faculty or staff."
The school does not ask on its general application whether the prospective student has been convicted of a crime.