State Rep Earl Ehrhart forced the Georgia state college regents to change their policies and protect due process rights for young men. “I have a responsibility to the taxpayers of the State of Georgia to evaluate the university system’s policies, and not fund bad policies” such as those that provide for the expulsion of suspected campus rapists without any proof, without due process.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
Lankford noted that OCR “strongly discourages” schools from letting parties cross-examine each other, prohibits schools from letting accused students appeal unless their accusers get the same right, and even allows schools to make the same person the “fact-finder” and the “decision-maker” – all of which contradict “essential protections [that] defendants in a court of law enjoy”:..OCR’s silence on important due process considerations, coupled with the requirement of a lower standard of proof, indisputably tips the playing field against the accused, making the disciplinary process anything but “equitable.”
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
The case began as a crusade against everything that was wrong with racial and sexual tension at southern universities and athletic programs and many in the media took up the torch against Duke’s lacrosse players. They were vilified nationally for months. In the end, they were found to be completely innocent and were vindicated despite the fact that their lives had been ruined.
“It’s such a great school. But the president and the administration are just clueless when it comes to due process on that campus and protecting all those kids,” Ehrhart said. “If I have to talk to another brokenhearted mother about their fine son where any allegation is a conviction and they toss these kids out of school after three and a half years, sometimes just before graduation, it’s just tragic.”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Shelley Dempsey, who is part of a group called Families Advocating Campus Equality (FACE), told the committee that the bill will unfairly shift the burden of proof onto the accused student. Dempsey cited examples of similar cases in California and Tennessee where students were improperly expelled because of “yes means yes” regulations at universities. “I know hundreds of young men who have been falsely accused of sexual assault,” or where a night of drinking has been recast as an assault.” Video testimony here ct-n.com
ctnewsjunkie.com By Rowan Kane
Court: George Mason University violated due process when expelling student for alleged BDSM-related sex assault
Q…. Is it your testimony that when John walked into your office on October 8, 2014, you had essentially prejudged his case before you even spoke to him? … A. Yes.
washingtonpost.com By Eugene Volokh
A physics major one semester away from graduation is suing to stop University of Texas-Austin from expelling him based on the unproven accusation he sexually assaulted a woman in a drunken, off-campus encounter.
foxnews.com By Edmund DeMarche
Beyond the considerable personal, financial, and emotional toll that comes with waging a federal lawsuit, one other item confronts accused students if they decide to go to court—the randomness of judicial assignments… in most of these cases, the outcome depends almost entirely on the judge to whom the matter is assigned.
academicwonderland.com By KC Johnson