Under pressure from the federal government to take action on sexual assault…Occidental College has found a student “responsible” for sexual assault despite the fact that police refused to charge him with any crime and text message evidence indicates that both parties consented to having sex. “Disregard for due process on campus, prompted by mandates from the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, has predictably led to unjust results,” said FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
An examination of sexual assault claims reported by colleges and universities…These cases often involve little or no forensic evidence, delays in reporting, alcohol use, and differing accounts of consent.
Amherst College reached a confidential settlement with the school after officials held up his diploma a week before graduation over an old, unfounded allegation of rape.
www.masslive By Stephanie Barry
…it is critical that our representatives in Congress rely on credible statistics and substantiated data when drafting legislation with the potential to destroy lives.
dailycaller.com By Dianna Thompson and Cynthia Garrett, Families Advocating for Campus Equality
…there is a perception that political pressure is having an undue effect on the administration of justice. But it may mean more – it may mean that political correctness is causing innocent people to be convicted.
www.libertylawsite.org by Mike Rappaport
… we are sourcing all these statistics from different places, so how do we know that they are on a similar enough basis as to be comparable?
www.datagoneodd.com by Francis Walker
FACE Condemns Senator Kristin Gillibrand for Honoring Emma Sulkowicz at State of the Union
Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE), a not for profit organization that advocates for fairness and due process on our college campuses, condemns Senator Kristin Gillibrand’s (D-NY) for honoring at the State of the Union on January 21, 2015 Ms. Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student whose allegations of rape by a fellow student were proven to be unfounded.
By welcoming Ms. Sulkowicz to sit among our nation’s leaders on this solemn occasion, Sen. Gillibrand, like Ms. Sulkowicz, signaled her willingness to ignore basic considerations of fundamental fairness, due process of law, and gender equality fundamental to Title IX, the law that oversees sexual misconduct on campus.
Since Ms. Sulkowicz failed to establish any wrongdoing, she has resorted to defaming and pressuring her fellow student who remains presumed innocent as a matter of law to leave school under duress in violation of Title IX’s confidentiality and retaliation rules.
Senator Gillibrand is sworn to uphold the rule of law, and she is one of our nation’s leading spokespersons on the issue of sexual misconduct. That she would lend the imprimatur of her high office to vigilantism is beneath the dignity of the oath she has taken and raises significant concerns about her ability to legislate in this area with any semblance of fair-mindedness.
While FACE and other concerned organizations and citizens are working to improve upon Title IX and its tribunals, a civil society at a minimum has to abide by its standards and decisions. Ms. Sulkowicz’s personal vendetta treads on the rights of her fellow student and Sen. Gillibrand’s choice to honor Ms. Sulkowicz is offensive to our most sacred values.
www.facecampusequality.org Press release from FACE
The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event… our detour into madness might never have happened had those investigative journalists at NPR and the Center for Public Integrity resisted their “nightmare” narrative and just reported the truth.
www.thedailybeast.com By Christina Hoff Sommers
This is another case study in eye-catching, outrage-inducing headlines with no substance to back them up.
www.washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
No polling organization would ever be taken seriously if its sample size was 73, and neither should this ‘study’ on college rape
The biggest reason that this “study” should be completely ignored and receive no media attention is that its results and conclusions are based on a sample size of only 73 male students at one of the North Dakota universities
www.aei.org By Mark J. Perry