The bizarre procedures of Yale’s sprawling sexual assault bureaucracy may well be the worst in the nation. Reports issued by Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler don’t provide much detail, but with each new report, we see more clearly a campus environment characterized more by witch hunts than a pursuit of justice.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
Monthly Archives: August 2016
Why is it that victims’ advocates easily grasp that an athletic booster could be biased in favor of the accused, but fail to see that university bureaucrats with obvious connections to leftist-feminist groups are similarly inclined toward a kind of bias—the “believe all victims” kind—against the accused? Campus sexual assault accusers and those they accused deserve fairness, justice, competent legal representation, and an impartial judge. But there’s no way either of these groups will consistently enjoy the due process rights to which they are entitled when the university is judge, jury, and executioner. Campus judicial systems don’t just have problems—the way they operate is wholly flawed, and an insult to basic principles of justice.
reason.com By Robby Soave
OCR is notorious for its decisions in the last few years to lower the standard of evidence needed to convict individuals accused of sexual assault; to expand dramatically the definition of sexual harassment; to eviscerate due process for the accused; to transfer to Title IX coordinators vast new powers…Last year Congress voted to increase by seven percent the $100 million budget of OCR in the Department of Education and we deplore the decision of Congress to reward OCR’s egregious behavior with even more funding.
mindingthecampus.org By Peter Wood
The University of California-San Diego routinely hides the identity of witnesses that could help students accused of wrongdoing exonerate themselves, departing from its own rules on who is “relevant” to an investigation. This policy, which has been applied against accused students was not publicly known until 11 months ago. A state appeals court fleshed out its existence in a due-process lawsuit against the school by a student who was found responsible for cheating and expelled.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
The National Center for Campus Public Safety is a federally-funded program wasting your taxes to the tune of 8 million. The organization says they want to do a better job at training colleges in adjudicating allegations of sexual assault. They have already failed miserably as they show no interest in being fair to the students who are accused.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
On Oct. 1, a new state law goes into effect in Virginia that, when a sexual assault is reported to college officials under Title IX, a referral to local law enforcement is triggered. That the college remains part of the official Title IX structure in sexual assault matters is still problematic for us. It mandates an educational institution assume the duties and responsibilities of a quasi-legal system. Dealing with harassment of students is a college’s duty; dealing with criminal sexual assault is not.
In my weekly travels from Boston to New York I have seen increased traffic full of cars and SUVS clearly headed to a college campus. These students are excited and ready to begin an exciting journey without parents hovering and watching every aspect of their lives. Then reality sets in and some of these sons and daughters will have their futures disrupted, not because of failing a class but failing to understand what campus rules are around consent and proof of consent. I feel bad that there is nothing I can do to prevent the future heart aches of a mother I have not met, the frustration and fear of a father that wants above all to defend their child, and the disbelief of a student that finds themselves treated like a 3rd world citizen. I have no voice, there is no warning I can sound. Other than to ask each parent to be armed with the knowledge that your child has 50.01% of being falsely accused, found guilty, and kicked off campus before his rights are read…because there is no campus justice for your child once accused.
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An organization dedicated to overturning and preventing wrongful convictions is calling on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to denounce “victim-centered investigations.” Victim-centered investigations represent a departure from ethical standards of investigative impartiality, neutrality and objectivity.” The group called for Clinton and Trump to endorse a “justice-centered” approach that “protects due process, preserves the presumption of innocence and utilizes an impartial evaluation of all evidence.”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Oklahoma Wesleyan University became the first and only institution of higher education to challenge in court a 2011 mandate from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that colleges and universities adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations using the low, “preponderance of the evidence” standard. This mandate for institutions governed by Title IX was first announced in OCR’s April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter ..numerous campus administrators nationwide express frustration that the DCL has impeded their ability to afford accused students due process.
thefire.org By Susan Kruth
A Title IX hearing officer cleared Antonio Callaway of three university code of conduct charges related to a sexual assault investigation. The complainant’s statements said she did not consent to sexual intercourse “because of intoxication and/or force.” But evidence showed she was not “intoxicated to the extent she could not consent” and that she admitted in text messages that she was pretending to be drunk…Callaway said the woman was “the aggressor” in the situation.
tampabay.com By Matt Baker