Pennsylvania State University knows that it’s supposed to “believe the survivor,” but a federal judge just told the public university it has to verify her claimed evidence… John Doe alleged that Penn State refused to require his accuser to provide a written statement with specific allegations throughout the nine-month investigation, preventing him from giving an informed defense. Because the outcome of the proceeding depended on “credibility-based determinations,” the university was wrong to block “almost all” of Doe’s 22 questions for Roe. Judge Brann had particular scorn for Katharina Matic the Title IX investigator.
Monthly Archives: August 2017
A Drake University student who was expelled for sexual assault despite evidence he was the party assaulted, received a win in court when a judge refused to dismiss his lawsuit. His accuser admitted during Drake’s campus hearing that she sexually assaulted him, performing oral sex without his consent. Yet she was never punished, while he was expelled based on her accusation.
thefederalist.com By Ashe Schow
“Recently, Inside Higher Ed published a story regarding the University System of Georgia (USG) that contained significant misinformation about the USG’s Title IX and student conduct policies. As the Title IX Administrator for the University System of Georgia, here is my response to set the record straight regarding our commitment to campus safety and to ensure consistency and quality in student conduct investigations across the University System.” -Kimberly Ballard-Washington, associate vice chancellor USG
The sexual assault charges brought against former Cornell basketball forward Xavier Eaglin ’19 in March 2016 have been dismissed. Although Eaglin no longer faces criminal charges, he will not be able to return to Cornell. After his arrest, Eaglin was dismissed from the basketball team and banned from campus. He spent seven days in jail before he was bailed out by his parents and then returned home. “We are just thankful justice prevailed and that we can start repairing our lives,” said Eaglin’s mother Clara Eaglin.
cornellsun.com By Anna Delwiche
A former member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against the university, alleging A&M officials violated his due-process rights by showing a male gender bias. The suit claims that John Doe was wrongfully accused of sexual misconduct by a female member of the Corps of Cadets and that the Title IX investigative process took place while Doe was hospitalized for treatment of depression without giving him an adequate chance to defend himself.
wacotrib.com By T. Witherspoon
It is not often that the veil of university Title IX procedures is lifted, but when it is, as described in Zoe Katz’s heartfelt letter regarding her Orwellian experience at the University of Southern California, the public captures a glimpse of the dystopian inner workings of a system designed to “help” victims of sexual assault.
washingtonexaminer.com by Cynthia P. Garrett and Alison Scott
Mary Zolkowski, a Michigan college student was charged Monday after she falsely reported to campus police that she was attacked and raped. Police said she told them that the suspect was an acquaintance. Mary said she didn’t give consent because she was too intoxicated. She also refused a physical examination. Facts proved that this was a false college rape accusation and Zolkowski was arraigned for one count of false report of a felony.
nypost.com ByJackie Salo
Over the past six years, students who believe they were falsely accused of sexual assault have sued colleges. On average, United Educators and colleges ended up paying $187,000 per case. In 40 percent of the cases, institutions were out more than $200,000. In nearly 60 percent of the accused-student cases reviewed, at least one of the students involved had consumed alcohol.
chronicle.com By Sarah Brown
The U.S. Department of Education on Friday asked a federal court to put on hold for 90 days a lawsuit challenging hotly contested guidance from the Obama administration on campus sexual-assault policy, while the department reviews the guidance that is being challenged. The motion stated that the government had consulted with lawyers for the plaintiffs, who did not oppose the request.
chronicle.com By Nick DeSantis
He got her verbal consent “more than four hours” after her last drink. He convinced an investigator she was mentally able to consent. University of Texas-Austin President Greg Fenves thought otherwise, and unilaterally suspended him for five semesters as a rapist. These are the allegations in a troubling federal lawsuit by student “John Doe” against Fenves personally for ignoring explicit UT-Austin policy on consent and devising his own standard – perhaps at the behest of a major donor.