Authorities say University of Alabama student, Emma Mannion claimed she had been raped by two men. Detectives interviewed witnesses and recovered video surveillance which didn’t support her account. The police official said that after being confronted, the student acknowledged falsifying her report, and was later arrested on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report.
Monthly Archives: November 2016
Secretary of Education John King, Jr. sent a new “Dear Colleague” letter which coincided with a White House education summit where current administration officials urged academic leaders to continue advancing existing policy priorities after “the elephant in the room” takes office in January. “We’ve got to stand up for female students and insist on environments free of sexism. We’ve got to stand up for students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” [There was zero mention from King for due process or fair campus tribunals for those accused. Under Obama, colleges will continue to be terribly unjust, and unfair for all males enrolled in college…SOS]
campusreform.org By Tyler Arnold
Cornell’s investigators only considered Roe’s complaint and ignored Doe’s on the basis of his gender. John Doe’s suit claims that, among other infractions, the investigator refused to properly handle Doe’s complaint, conducted biased interviews against Doe in favor of Roe. In addition, the suit alleges that Doe was mistreated during the investigation, saying investigators denied him opportunities to speak with his lawyer before answering certain questions and refused to request that Roe preserve certain pieces of evidence that she possessed. “Cornell has given us a revolving door of excuses as to why it won’t investigate our complaint,” Doe’s lawyer Alan Sash said.
cornellsun.com By Josh Girsky
A reported sexual assault by a stranger at Austin Peay State University turned out to be false. There was no description of a suspect and the student has since changed her story. “After further investigation, it was determined that the events as described did not occur,” APSU Police Chief said. “The person who reported the incident advised APSU police officers that she was not assaulted by an unknown subject in that area,”
If you are a male or female who has been wrongly accused of sexual assault, you are not alone. Case after case shows the repeated lack of due process, shifted burdens of proof, presumption of guilt, negligence, breach of contract and erroneous outcomes that cause major damage to people’s lives. “The university has too much of an incentive to support only the girl as victim, and deny due process to the boy, for fear of undermining public relations, angering donors, and being punished by the federal government.” In an effort to bring awareness to the issue SOS is posting this article again.
huffingtonpost.com By Jessica Denis
Washington State defensive lineman Robert Barber has been granted a stay of his suspension and allowed to return to the classroom and football field. Barber’s attorney Stephen Graham’s main argument centered on how WSU’s conduct board destroyed any record of questions Barber and his adviser proposed during Barber’s conduct board hearing. Graham alleged that because WSU did not follow its administrative procedures in destroying the questions and thus, the University Appeals Board did not have a complete record from which to make their decision on Barber’s appeal. “It was a good morning and I think the court did right by him, Robert goes to class tomorrow as an actual, full fledged student, none of this online (classes) second class, not-quite-a-Coug stature.” Graham said.
seattletimes.com By Stephanie Loh
With President-elect Donald Trump, advocates for due process have a much better chance of being heard. The Trump transition team is asking you to tell your story and voice your concerns here: https://apply.ptt.gov/yourstory/ Collectively we can tell the stories of our sons and daughters being denied due process rights when falsely accused of campus sexual assault and then unjustly expelled by a Title IX kangaroo court. Together we can ask President-elect Donald Trump to:
- Revoke the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.
- Return due process to all accused students on college campuses:
- All evidence must be provided to the accused.
- Restore right to cross-examination.
- Adjudication hearing should be by panel of peers, rejecting the single-adjudicator model.
- End immediate removal of accused students unless charged by police, restoring principle of innocent until proven guilty.
- Move OCR under the Dept. of Justice.
- Reject victim-centered (believe the accuser) sexual assault investigations.
- First amendment free speech standards should apply on all campuses, such that students are free from harrassment for personal political views.
Friends of SOS, we can make a difference for our falsely accused college students, please take action.
Gratefully, Alice True
Robert Barber’s attorney, Stephen Graham, filed a response Monday rebutting Washington State’s assertion that the Whitman County Superior Court should deny Barber’s request for a stay of his client’s suspension. “He’s allowed on the campus,” Graham said. “I don’t know why he’d be able to go to the CUB (student union building), walk on campus and visit friends in the dorms, but when it comes to time to study, he’s now not allowed on campus.”
seattletimes.com By Stefanie Loh
Since 2011, thousands of students accused of sexual misconduct but denied due process have been victimized by the frenzy stimulated by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). College hearings on sexual misconduct are often a travesty of justice. Usually, there is no attorney for the accused, no cross-examination, no discovery, no note-taking, little time for the accused to prepare and often a form of double jeopardy (the accuser can appeal but the accused cannot). Individual universities can broaden the definition of offenses (at Yale “economic abuse” counts as sexual assault) and uninvolved third-party accusations can sometimes launch hearings…At the very least, the anti-due process agenda of the current OCR might be discontinued in the next administration.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
So why is it good for college men that Trump won last night even if they don’t know it?
The current administration has manifested an unprecedented hostility to due process for college men accused of sexual assault. We’ve written literally hundreds of posts about it since April 2011 when the the Department of Education issued its infamous “Dear Colleague” letter. For a long time, it was difficult to fathom that any administration could be worse on these issues, but we had every reason to believe that a Hillary Clinton administration would have been worse.