“Does that college motherfucker know who I am?” USC Title IX Director Dahlinger asked Title IX Investigator Noonan, after a conference call during which the student, “John Doe,” had explained his intention to appeal. It was a hot mic moment: Dahlinger and Noonan thought the student and his lawyer had already exited the call. The venomous statements of USC’s Title IX team give this case a unique flavor, though the rest of the details make for a textbook Title IX dispute: spurned female student, bad breakup, after-the-fact accusation, total absence of due process, predetermined finding of responsibility. Doe recently filed suit against USC, and a state court issued a stay preventing his expulsion from going into effect.
reason.com By Robby Soave
Court Rulings & Settlements
Two court wins: A win for a straight male and a win for a bisexual male. Even with court wins and settlements, heterosexual males are still discriminated against. “Asked why his bisexual client came out so much better than the heterosexual male despite similar due-process claims, Doe lawyer Andrew Miltenberg told The College Fix: “I certainly think that the same sex issue had a substantial impact” on it.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
In January, after the accused student made clear he had no interest, the accuser stepped up the pressure—she told him she’d file a sexual assault charge with USC unless he moved out of his fraternity. “In a twisted way,” she texted him, “[I] want to gain happiness from knowing you’re not doing okay. And I’m frustrated that you’re doing way better than I am when I deserve happiness more than you.” The accused student bowed to the pressure and moved out his fraternity—after which the accuser filed a complaint against him anyway.
USC and Investigatory Bias By KC Johnson
Today, in a ruling of nationwide importance, a federal appellate court gave a Columbia University student suspended for sexual misconduct a new shot at proving that the university denied him a fundamentally fair proceeding…While many students have sought to challenge the unfair processes that universities often use to adjudicate claims of sexual assault, such claims—while morally compelling—do not always fit neatly into a legal framework. This is particularly true at private universities, where there is no constitutional right to due process.
thefire.org By Samantha Harris
Five years ago, the Office for Civil Rights issued the “Dear Colleague” letter that ushered in a period of unprecedented federal intervention into colleges’ internal disciplinary systems. In just those five years, students around the country have filed more than 110 lawsuits alleging that they were denied a fair hearing in campus sexual misconduct adjudications. These cases are now working their way through the courts. This is an overview of the past month’s developments, which include two settlements, a dismissal, a trial, and a number of new complaints.
thefire.org By Samantha Harris
The University System of Georgia has settled two lawsuits. The settlements follow complaints about Georgia Tech, particularly Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who criticized school leaders for their treatment of students accused of wrongdoing in sexual assault cases. Georgia Tech had been one of the most aggressive schools in its handling of accused students. Tech had expelled or suspended nearly every student it investigated for sexual misconduct allegations in the past five years, and also handed down stiff penalties to fraternities.
ajc.com By Janel Davis
In February of this year, a male student was cleared of all charges after a trial by jury. But University of Alaska Fairbanks is holding on to his degree over the unresolved campus Title IX investigation related to the now-debunked rape claim…Title IX coordinator Mae Marsh is quoted as saying that the “alleged perp graduates in three weeks, we need to get the administrative investigation concluded so we can make a preponderance call and expel prior to graduation.”
thecollegefix.com By Jennifer Kabbany
New information has emerged leading many to believe as many as 13 teenage girls lied to put him in jail under false pretenses…
- ‘Tyler needs to be taught a lesson’
- ‘We should sacrifice him to Satan’
- ‘I’m down, I already know this is going to be so much fun!’
We now believe, based on court hearings and news reports Tyler is most likely innocent of all charges.
A seven woman Norfolk jury unanimously returned a verdict for Virginia Wesleyan College in the Jane Doe trial. The jury correctly rejected Ms. Doe’s claim that Wesleyan College failed to take reasonable and adequate steps for the safety of its students. Attorneys for the university insinuated the [alleged] victim was lying so she can get $10 million dollars. wtkr.com
Since I was completely innocent, what did I have to fear? I assumed the police would conduct an unbiased investigation of the matter. That was before I heard about “victim-centered” investigations. By Victor Zheng dailycaller.com