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
Court Rulings & Settlements
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
A former Xavier women’s basketball coach accused by a player of giving her alcohol and touching her inappropriately was acquitted…Judge Ann Ruttle questioned whether the player’s accusations rose to the level of sexual abuse
cincinnati.com By Kevin Grasha
The Harvard law professor emeritus, got a couple lawyers who accused him of sexually assaulting their client to grovel before him in court and admit they made a “mistake.”..How? He sued them for defamation,
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Since OCR issued its April 4, 2011, “Dear Colleague” letter, more than 90 students have brought lawsuits alleging they were denied a fair hearing in campus sexual assault proceedings…While the atmosphere for these plaintiffs is still uncertain, the landscape has begun to change for the better.
thefire.org By Samantha Harris
USC. Student Suspended for Rape Because He Didn’t Stop Friends from Slapping Girl’s Butt : Judge rules against USC says due process violated
Jane said her sexual activity with Doe was consensual. The university then made the paternalistic and indefensible decision to override her opinion on the matter and described their sex as rape anyway.
reason.com By Robby Soave