Lawmaker Rep. Earl Ehrhart wants to limit the ability of Georgia’s public colleges to investigate and discipline alleged campus rapists. Ehrhart is worried about the lack of legal protections for those accused of sexual assault. In hearings last year, Ehrhart grilled officials from Georgia Tech. Several Tech students have sued, arguing they were forced out of the school unfairly after being accused of sexual assault. “I want to treat these crimes with the seriousness they deserve,” Ehrhart said. “But I am not going to sacrifice due process to get there.”
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Imagine that President-elect Trump promised he would make it easier to deport immigrants who had been accused of a crime. People would be rightly outraged. They would point out that an accusation is not the same thing as a conviction, and that people were surely entitled to a fair hearing before having the course of their lives permanently altered. Say the same thing about students accused of sexual misconduct on campus, and you will get quite a different response. If you voice support for due process rights in this setting, you’re likely to be accused of not caring about justice. People accused of serious wrongdoing of any kind, people whose futures are rightly at stake given the severity of the accusations against them, deserve a fair process that affords them a meaningful opportunity to defend themselves. To understand this, consider the University of Kentucky lawsuit…
washingtonexaminer.com By Samantha Harris
Every defender of due process rights should take heart. Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos was asked whether she would uphold the Education Department’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter regarding campus sexual assault. DeVos didn’t give a “yes” or “no” response, but instead said she knew there were “a lot of conflicting ideas and opinions” surrounding the document. “If confirmed, I look forward to understanding the past actions and the current situation better and to ensuring that the intent of the law is actually carried out in a way that recognizes both the victim -the rights of the victims – as well as those who are accused.”
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
Kentucky state Rep. Wesley Morgan introduced two fantastic pieces of legislation, and soon students at public institutions of higher education may enjoy important new rights. The first bill, the Student and Administration Equality Act, HB 126, would ensure that students facing potentially lengthy suspensions or expulsions from campus have the right to hire lawyers for representation during campus proceedings.
thefire.org By Joe Cohn
As the Amherst case awaits a ruling after a preliminary hearing, there was a minor development in the case. Recent filings by the college reveal that the accusing student (A.S.) successfully quashed the accused student’s subpoena. The ruling thus ensured that not only would A.S. not be deposed, but she would not need to produce any relevant documents in the case. In a ruling that was a model of circuitous reasoning, Judge Robart, gave A.S. the benefit of the doubt on close legal issues. Ironically, Robart sent a message that the only way an accused student can obtain relevant evidence involving his accuser is to sue his accuser as well as the college. Expect more accusers to be added to future lawsuits as a result.
academicwonderland.com By KC Johnson
Parents of innocent accused sons are often crying inside for years as they try to help their young sons heal after they are treated cruelly and unjustly by Title IX. Title IX hearings are not about seeking truth when a sex accusation is made. Title IX is about cruelty towards the minority gender on campuses. Males.
New lawsuits appear weekly from accused males who have been bullied, abused and denied due process by Title IX. And thanks to Obama’s 2011 DCL, Title IX is very successful in expelling/suspending/denying an education to hundreds of males. Once accused, males are isolated from their friends, and told they cannot speak to anyone at the school about the accusation. As a result, these young 17-24 year old males are emotional wrecks for years, lending to suicidal thoughts, hospitalization or both.
I hear from these males and their parents, and below is a sampling of their suffering. Because this information is so personal, I’ve simplified the stories by removing details to protect identities.
My son suffers from panic attacks regularly.
My son has PTSD.
My son confessed to me that suicide crossed his mind more than once.
My son was suicidal but fortunately not successful thanks to friends.
My friend’s son was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and he is still in therapy.
My son is too distressed to talk to me.
My son’s spirit was damaged. I worried he might go down a black hole of depression. He barely ate or slept for months.
My son was deeply depressed for a long time and he still can’t discuss his experience with us.
My son committed suicide. Later on his accuser wanted to meet with me. She told me she was sorry for accusing my son. She was trying make another guy jealous.
The whole thing is a profoundly isolating experience.
I felt I was in a black hole.
Two years ago a my son committed suicide. His accuser later recanted.
My son was put on suicide watch at Occidental College. His friends were scared that he might hurt himself when he was removed from his dorm room and put in isolation. His friends called the suicide watch line, and for 24 hours my son had guards outside his room.
It’s been three years since my son was falsely accused, but he recently told me how dark his days had been, and how dark they still are at times. He also told me he considered killing himself during those dark days three years ago, and my husband and I never knew.
During my son’s Title IX hearing we told the college we were very afraid that our son would take his own life.
A lawyer told me that he takes phone calls 24/7 from college males who are suicidal as a result of being falsely accused.
The emotional toll of a false accusation on families and their son is immense. The psychological trauma is unbearable for these young college males, and thankfully many do not commit suicide, but the wounds are deep and permanent. The scars that these innocent men carry are intensely private and we must help them heal by offering a hand up, by preserving the presumption of innocence, and by demanding due process. If we do not, America is to blame.
I am calling on Mother’s with sons to rise up and fight against the suffocating Title IX accusation persecution of college males. Title IX offers no protection for your son, and in this era of fake news college feminists want you to believe otherwise. There are NO RIGHTS FOR COLLEGE MALES to defend their innocence once accused.
Today is the day to contact these leaders, Betsy DeVos and Senator Tom Lankford. They will defend campus due process. They will reign in Title IX that masquerades as protection for your son. Title IX denies your college son due process rights and mothers you must rise up and stop the bleeding if you want your son to get his college degree.
Your voice counts. Call Senator Tom Lankford #202-224-5754. Say thank you for standing up to Dept. of Education’s illegal practices and for reigning in an out of control agency. This Senator Could Help College Regain Sanity
Attorney Kimberly Lau representing an innocent accused male from Cornell has successfully reached a settlement. After Ms. Lau had two motion wins- a motion to dismiss and a motion to amend, Cornell and Ms. Lau’s client reached a confidential settlement agreement… Another recent settlement win for Ms. Lau is with Wesleyan College. It’s a little known secret that colleges do settle with innocent accused males, but because the settlements are confidential, there is very little publicity.
Until recently, Yale insisted that accused professors enjoy basic due process, including the rights to a public, recorded hearing; to legal representation; to present evidence; to question opposing witnesses; and to a presumption of innocence unless convicted by “clear and convincing evidence.” Today, however, Yale and other universities routinely ignore or limit these rights. Yale now adjudicates sexual misconduct proceedings in secret. The standard of proof is reduced to “a preponderance of the evidence,” the lowest possible bar. And Yale made these changes [in secret] without the formal consent or approval of its faculty…SOS Note: College males have never enjoyed due process at Yale or at hundreds of other colleges.
washingtonpost.com/opinions By Judge José A. Cabranes
The Winthrop University Police Chief says after a thorough investigation, the report by a student that she was sexually assaulted is “unfounded.” The police investigation included a review of video from a number of security cameras in the area where the assault is said to have happened. “Winthrop Police found no evidence to substantiate the allegation that an assault occurred or that an assailant was present on campus. The campus was not in danger.”