The problem with the Minnesota boycott isn’t really that the boycott failed. It’s that the Minnesota football players did not realize they’d picked the wrong case to stand up for. There is a widely known phrase in the law that essentially defines this case: “Bad facts make bad law, and good facts make good law.” The problem is that high-profile bad cases tend to drive bad laws. Given how much media attention this case has received, that could be very bad for due process on campus.
washingtonpost.com By Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser
Drinking & Sex
If you hooked up, and she regrets it you will lose. College men file a complaint against the girl. It’s your future to save. Your college will throw you to the wolves. It’s about federal funding and not your innocence.
Football Player’s Father: “It’s just been a total shock, it’s almost like I’m in the movies or the ‘Twilight Zone.’ Ray’s a strong kid, but obviously you’re frustrated. You feel like you’ve put this behind you…The police have cleared you and found that you were telling the truth. The prosecutor’s office has cleared you and found you were telling the truth. And the judge has cleared you, and this group [the EOAA] comes in and says they were all wrong.”
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.
Denison University settled a lawsuit with a former student who sued after being expelled over a sexual assault allegation. A female student who was drinking accused a freshman of assaulting her. According to the young man he walked her home safely, and according to SOS, his Good Samaritan actions got him falsely accused by an embarrassed young girl who was drunk. The young male was expelled following a student disciplinary hearing. The falsely accused male filed suit alleging libel, defamation, negligence and infliction of emotional distress, among other things, and said he was illegally prohibited from using an attorney and presenting evidence or testimony of his innocence.
Denison’s vice president for student development, said that she “cannot confirm that a settlement has been reached, but we can confirm that the case has been dismissed in the courts.” Clarifying, she stated, “The matter was resolved by mutual agreement and together we sought dismissal by the court.”
The falsely accused’s attorney, Eric Rosenberg, said there was a settlement but the case is officially recorded as dismissed because of semantics.
Eric Rosenberg has a growing number of lawsuits filed by young college males who are expelled following campus judicial proceedings. “I’d like to convey to students the risk of being involved with women who have been drinking…. because later she may say she was sexually assaulted.”
The accused student contends that he did “obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity, no matter how awkward it was,” and she verbally agreed. His suit characterizes the female as being more of the sexual aggressor, noting that she did not request his consent for sex acts she performed on him. The accused contends that the investigation was biased against him because he was prevented from fairly challenging her contentions of what happened that night and that she retreated from her initial allegations.
m.startribune.com By Walsh & Zamora
Men are scared of women on campus now, and fear breeds anger and prejudice. Women are frustrated by men, which inspires a lack of desire to collaborate for solutions. “I have male friends who want consent and sobriety written in writing before any physical intimacy, and they’re getting laughed at by their female companions.”…”In a sense, it’s annoying and debilitating to be constantly questioned about whether or not I have agency and am a sexual human being.”
heatst.com By Alexandra Villarreal
Below are words from a Male Student:
“Today I received an email from my school saying that I only had two weeks to complete a mandatory Title IX training, or else I would be dropped from all of my classes. Now this would not normally bother me, its just another one of those things that need to be done,
However, last year there was a girl, who would always go to parties, get drunk and end up hooking up with random party goers, So at one of those parties same thing as always happened, however the next day she claimed that she had been assaulted, She made a big deal out of it, however After an investigation was conducted it was found that she had no case, and that she had been at fault. However That did not stop our professors, (we were taking the same classes) to extend all her deadlines, allow her to re-take her exams and even went as far as giving her honors. Meanwhile there were a couple of us who had actual medical issues, and yet our professors did not give us leniency. She has now graduated, and the gentleman who she accused has as well, she tried tarnishing his reputation, which did not help yet she was still able to milk the situation enough to get her to graduate with honors, and even free housing.”
Experts say accused feel they must seek to clear their names in court at a time of increased focus on campus sex assaults and more serious consequences at schools. Eric Rosenberg, an Ohio lawyer who has represented clients suing their accusers and universities, said many of the accused suffer damaged reputations and lost educational and career prospects. He said the number of such lawsuits have increased as the consequences for those accused at schools have intensified. “They can’t get into school, they can’t get into the military. A lawsuit’s their only way out,” he said.
washingtonpost.com By Darcy Costello
“I need my little brother to see me stand up for myself here,” Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker, said in his first public comments released Tuesday. “I want him to know that a false accusation will never intimidate me.”
nbcnews.com by Erik Ortiz
Two students at the University of St. Thomas, had started flirting at a campus party where the alcohol was flowing freely. After several drinks, they made their way to a bathroom… This spring, the young man, identified only as “John Doe,” sued the university, saying he was suspended for sexual assault without a fair hearing or even a lawyer to present his side of the story. It’s one of a flood of lawsuits across the country asserting that colleges are trampling the rights of the accused in a rush to crack down on campus rape.
startribune.com By Maura Lerner