Something is gravely amiss at Drake University in Iowa. According to a recent lawsuit filed against Drake University AND Drake’s Board of Trustees, Plaintiff Tom Rossley (A Drake Board of Trustee Member) claims that Drake selectively chooses which staff and students are deserving of fair and ethical treatment. And in doing so, Drake openly discriminates against their students. According to the lawsuit, Drake’s Board of Trustees engage in vicious attacks against those who speak out for the rights of Drake’s students. Tom Rossley (Plaintiff) was one who dared to speak out for the rights of Drake’s students, most notably for his disabled son.
Here are a few points detailed in his lawsuit below:
Mr. Rossley’s disabled son accused a female of sexual assault at Drake University. This female accused his son of sexual assault. Drake refused to investigate his son’s complaint under Title IX but investigated the female’s complaint. Drake knew this male had a life long language-based disability, ADHD, and anxiety, which had been accommodated in the classroom. But during the nine hour hearing Drake forced Rossley’s disabled son to be his own advocate and lawyer, while denying disability accommodations. During the hearing, the female ‘accuser’ admitted she sexually assaulted the disabled male without his consent. Incredibly after her confession Drake refused to investigate her, and instead found the male guilty of sexual assault and expelled him. He was a senior, and shy of one month from graduating and obtaining his diploma.
Out of concern for student’s rights at Drake University, Tom Rossley (A Drake Board of Trustee himself for 23 years) had informed the Board about Drake’s potential violations of federal law, especially with regard to his disabled son. Board Chair, Zimpleman and Board of Affairs Chair David Miles intimidated and verbally attacked Mr. Rossley, trying to silence him, and told him to step down as Trustee. Upon Mr Rossley’s refusal to step down, they led the charge to remove him as a trustee in July 2016.
Monthly Archives: April 2017
Recently a number of stories highlight how unfair and unjust the college environment is in the US for young men – and the necessity of federal intervention to fix the damage previous federal intervention has done. It’s not that we don’t need to protect women anymore, or take sexual assault seriously. It’s that men need our protection too. Take Thomas Klocke, a Texas student accused of making anti-gay comments which he vehemently denied. Klocke received no hearing. UT official’s conceded that there wasn’t enough evidence against Klocke, yet placed him on disciplinary probation. Thomas Klocke killed himself a few days later… A report just released by the Census Bureau showed that millennial women are driving the current growth in the 25-to-34-year-old workforce, and that “more young men are falling to the bottom of the income ladder.” We would never stand for an unjust system, like the one created by the Obama Dept. of Education’s interpretations of Title IX, if it shattered the lives of women as it currently does to men.
nypost.com By Karol Markowicz
Liberty University, five employees and a former student athlete are being sued by ex-LU football player Cameron Jackson, who alleges his Title IX rights were violated, he was defamed by the school and he was denied due process during an investigation into an alleged 2015 sexual assault. The lawsuit claims the accuser and two other LU female students engaged in a conspiracy against the football team, which included two later sexual assault claims that were reported to LU but not to law enforcement, in an effort to get football players in trouble. The lawsuit also claims that LU staff did not protect Jackson from on-campus harassment and such behavior caused him to stop attending classes. The lawsuit casts doubts on the accuser’s charges and alleges Jackson’s accuser acted maliciously and the response of LU and its employees was inept…All schools receiving federal funding must comply with Title IX regulations, or risk losing their funding. LU students received more than $825 million in federal student aid in 2014-15.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
Mitchell Abidor’s essay discusses Unwanted Advances by Laura Kipnis…Title IX is being used in circumstances that lack due process to ensure the fairness and safety of outcomes, resulting in what Kipnis likens to witch-hunts. Those accused are not informed of the charges against them; no lawyers are allowed; the adjudicating officer often bases his or her decisions on assumptions about male-female (or male-male, or female-female) relationships. The end result has often been catastrophic. Most alarmingly, lives are ruined based on what a hearing officer deems “preponderance of evidence,” the proper weight of which is determined with no set guidelines. Universities and their Title IX apparatus become a kind of helicopter parent, in the name of a version of feminism that Kipnis does not recognize. “This isn’t feminism, it’s a return to the most traditional conception of female sexuality,” she argues. “What dimwitted sort of feminism wants to shelter women from the richness of their own mistakes?”
jewishcurrents.org By Abidor
John Doe has sued Notre Dame in federal court alleging a Title IX violation and claiming the school deprived him of an education through the “discriminatory, gender-biased implementation” of its sexual harassment policy. Doe claims that he was wrongly dismissed from school just three weeks before graduation based on false accusations of harassment and “dating violence.” The university was so eager to prosecute Doe that it ignored video evidence of his ex-girlfriend admitting to using the Title IX procedures to “pursue a personal vendetta,” engage in witness tampering and destroy Doe’s reputation. According to the lawsuit, the university vigorously pursued Jane’s claims, but ignored Doe’s when he contacted school officials claiming she had been harassing him.
courthousenews.com By Chris Randolph CHRIS
When one student accuses another student of sexual assault, what must a school do to make sure its disciplinary process is fair to both sides?.. Nearly everything about John and Jane’s short-lived relationship has become the subject of a bitter, bizarre and high-stakes legal dispute that has dragged on for years. Their story, told here in detail for the first time, is currently binding law affecting hundreds of thousands of students enrolled in California schools of higher education. Their story also marks the first time that a state appellate court has ruled on the constitutionality of a campus sexual assault proceeding since the Obama administration directed schools to take a tougher approach in resolving these cases or risk losing millions of dollars in federal funding for violating Title IX.
politico.com By Lara Bazelon
If every other egregious example of a male student denied due process after being accused of sexual misconduct gets ignored – this one should not be. College administrators, as well as members of the media and legislators, would do well to remember the name Thomas Klocke. Klocke, a straight male, was accused by a gay male student of writing anti-gay slurs on his computer during a class. Klocke vehemently denied the accusation, and administrators who investigated the incident acknowledged there was no evidence to support the accuser’s claims, yet Klocke was still punished. The accused student’s father, a lawyer acting as the administrator of his son’s estate, is now suing the school for violating his son’s Title IX rights.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
Cornell is being sued by a male student who claims the University discriminated against him on the basis of sex while investigating him for sexual misconduct. The plaintiff, ‘James Doe’ -a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences – is suing in part to recover damages for emotional distress. The student says Cornell’s investigation caused him to attempt suicide. To demonstrate the extent of his emotional distress, Doe says he was diagnosed with severe anxiety and major depressive disorder after Cornell issued an interim suspension. His mental state worsened,and last spring, on the day Doe was notified of his second suspension, he tried to commit suicide…The heart of the suit is reverse discrimination, where Doe alleges the university gave Roe and her allies much more favorable treatment than him and his witnesses.
Candice Jackson, is The Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new pick to head up the Office for Civil Rights. Candice Jackson, is an attorney who graduated with honors from Stanford University. Jackson penned for the Review during her senior year, and wrote “How I Survived Stanford Without Entering the Women’s Center”…”In today’s society, women have the same opportunities as men to advance their careers, raise families, and pursue their personal goals,” she continued, “College women who insist on banding together by gender to fight for their rights are moving backwards, not forwards.”
A high school romance gone bad is rocking Pace University – with the bitter former lovebirds turning the school into their own personal war zone. Freshman Ari Grossman filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court saying his ex-girlfriend and current classmate Kalya Torrey started their vicious feud by lying that he raped her in order to prevent him from attending Pace – his dream college. After Grossman refused to drop out the situation escalated. Torrey filed so many complaints against Grossman that the dean had to intervene and tell them to just cool it. The final straw for Grossman came when his ex accused him of stalking her in the food hall – and he ended up getting tossed in a cell for 12 hours with his legs and hands in shackles…The NYPD has since dropped the charges after video surveillance from that day failed to prove stalking. Still, Grossman is suing the school and Torrey for having him improperly arrested via campus security.