The Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Fordham University-Rose Hill has reportedly been placed under investigation. Mr. Rodgers upset RAs by showing videos depicting the views of the political right and left on campus rape. Rodgers played the trailer for “The Hunting Ground” as an example of the left-wing perspective, juxtaposed with a video from conservative educational platform PragerU. Rodgers allegedly brought female students to tears by presenting the political debate over campus sexual assault. For the act of sharing two different viewpoints Mr. Rodgers is facing a Title IX investigation.
freebeacon.com By Rachel Frommera
Monthly Archives: August 2017
A Title IX investigation resulted in Matt Boermeester’s dismissal from the football team and left Zoe Katz fearful—of the school, not her boyfriend…Zoe Katz, a 22-year-old college student, waited six months to go public with her side of the scandal that’s darkened her senior year at the University of Southern California. She waited not because she fears retribution from an abusive partner, as her school’s Title IX office reportedly insists. But, by her own account, because she was (and remains) afraid of recrimination from the Title IX office that investigated and suspended her boyfriend, a member of the football team, for “abusing” her—an allegation she firmly denies. “I want to be very clear that I have never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt,” she wrote in a two-page statement
weeklystandard.com By Alice B. Lloyd
The Claremont Independent uncovered a March court order that found Sandra Vasquez (New Dean and Title IX Coordinator at Pitzer College) hid “material evidence” from a male falsely accused of “relationship violence” when she was associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The Independent said it also learned the Dept. of ED is investigating Vasquez’s alleged discrimination against the “low-income, minority student” as potential Title IX and Title VI violations. Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle’s order against UCSB makes Vasquez and other officials who handled the “John Doe” case sound almost like cartoon villains.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Most people think of Title IX in relation to women’s access to college sports, but in fact it mandates gender equity in all aspects of higher education. Under Obama’s DoE’s Office of Civil Rights, instructions were issued to all Universities (public and private) to agressively pursue sexual harassment/assault allegations under Title IX. Schools were given vague guidelines about how to proceed, and faced pricey compliance reviews if they showed insufficient vigor in ferreting out misconduct. But many Title IX cases have nothing to do with assault or sexual harassment. I learned this first hand when I unexpectedly faced a complaint last year.
quillette.com By Nicholas Wolfinger
Put on suicide watch, tried and convicted in absentia…A Texas A&M University cadet says he was suspended following sexual misconduct charges he never got to see – because he was hospitalized. A federal lawsuit claims “John Doe” was unable to “meaningfully defend himself” when Title IX investigators refused to reschedule a conduct meeting that would have revealed the specific accusations of his partner, with whom he had an open sexual relationship.“ At all times John Doe was deemed guilty” says the suit. “This extreme and severe sanction was not warranted in light of the lack of evidence.” When John was permitted access to a computer from in-patient treatment, he learned he had been found responsible on all charges: sexual contact, sexual abuse, dating violence and “Conduct Unbecoming a Cadet.”
thecollegefix.com By Kayla Schierbecker
Sexual assault charges against a former Davidson baseball player have been dropped due to lack of evidence. “My client did not assault the accuser in any way. Normally I don’t comment much in the press, but I feel I need to speak up about one thing: those were strange days earlier this year when college students marched, and a college president opined, against the American principle of the presumption of innocence. I am glad wiser heads prevailed.” Attorney Fialko.
wccbcharlotte.com By Amy Cowman
A U.S. district court judge has ruled former Liberty University football player Cameron Jackson can move forward with seven of the 18 claims in his lawsuit filed against the school and other defendants. The lawsuit seeks approximately $100 million in compensation for damages to Jackson’s academic and athletic career, as well as to his reputation. The lawsuit casts doubts on the accuser’s charges and alleges she acted maliciously, the response of Liberty and its employees was inept and that staff did not protect Jackson from on-campus harassment aimed at him by other LU students, which caused Jackson to stop attending classes.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
Attorneys for former USC kicker Matt Boermeester have filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to have his expulsion from the school overturned. Boermeester, who kicked the winning field goal in the Rose Bowl in January, was removed from the football team later that month after an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, outside her home. The kicker was expelled in July after an investigation by USC’s Title IX office. Matt’s girlfriend, Zoe Katz called USC’s Title IX investigation “horrible and unjust.” She was adamant that she has “never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt.”
While Know Your IX and FIRE disagree on several major points, the State Policy Playbook released by Know your IX demonstrates an understanding that the status quo is unfair for both accused students and complainants. The playbook recommends schools guarantee a number of rights for students that would leave them better protected against inaccurate findings of responsibility than they currently are at many institutions. And despite our several policy differences, it is refreshing to see a group whose mission centers on survivor advocacy also acknowledge that all students are disserved by the status quo and should be guaranteed certain basic rights in order to ensure a fair hearing.
thefire.org By Susan Kruth
On a factual basis, the Amherst case is one of the most egregious since the Obama administration implemented its policy in 2011. The lawsuit revealed documents that the public almost never gets to see, such as the full investigative file, the transcript of the disciplinary hearing and other material from the campus process. As laid out in the legal complaint and subsequent filings, the controversy over the investigation has focused mostly on a string of texts that the accuser sent the night of the incident. The texts suggest that she had initiated the sexual encounter and that she was in search of a “good lie” to avoid fallout for having hooked up with the accused student, her roommate’s boyfriend. After the judge expressed strong skepticism toward Amherst’s investigation, the two sides came to a settlement.
washingtonpost.com By KC Johnson