A jury found expelled UW-Madison student Nicholas Ralston, first arrested in 2015, not guilty of third-degree sexual assault Wednesday.
A fair process that includes due process does not impede justice. Adding balance and fairness to a corrupt system will help all parties involved, especially if it tamps down the current hysteria. To see schools settle with accused students, rather than fight them, is encouraging. What would be more encouraging is if more schools changed their policies to protect the rights of accused students and stopped the witch hunt mentality raging on campus… “a system without due process ultimately serves no one in the end.” Betsy DeVos
thefederalist.com By Ashe Schow
Bury the 1 in 5 lie. Not only is this faulty statistic and propaganda dangerous, but it has created a system in which victims and the wrongly accused never receive fair and due process. If you’ve stepped foot on a campus lately, you may have noticed the heightened paranoia surrounding sexual assault on campuses around the nation. “The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities” written by respected journalist and author Taylor Stuart Jr. and KC Johnson, dismantles what we’ve been led to believe about “rape culture” which he says was concocted by extreme feminists in the 1980s. This morning on “Pat & Stu,” the guys discuss this issue with the author.
By a split 2–1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the University of Houston did not violate the due process rights of two students who were expelled for sexual misconduct. The Plummer case presents two clearly contrasting judicial viewpoints-a majority opinion showing deference to the University and a dissenting opinion asserting that the judiciary must intervene to correct processes that are not protecting the rights of the accused. The case remains before the Fifth Circuit, where the students have petitioned for a full en banc review…In their petition, the students request that the full Fifth Circuit provide “what the [majority opinion] failed to do: guidance for colleges and universities to implement Title IX in accordance with the Due Process Clause.” (Plummer v. University of Houston, et al., No. 15-20350 (5th Cir. June 26, 2017).
nixonpeabody.com By Sciocchetti and Richard
A Title IX accused male is suing Miami University claiming “Miami was heavily invested in protecting female accusers even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing by males in order to avoid scrutiny from the (U.S.) Department of Education.” The case is the latest example of a growing legal pushback seen on some campuses nationally as men sue, and in some cases win. Some accused male students say they are wrongly presumed guilty by their universities and forced to prove their innocence -sometimes while suffering quick disciplinary actions prior to or during any college hearing process -in what they claim is a reversal of American criminal and civil law’s presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
daytondailynews.com By M.D.Clark
Paul Nungesser finally got justice last week. Columbia University announced earlier this month that it had settled the lawsuit filed by Nungesser. For universities, handling sexual assault is a matter of money. And so far the suits by those falsely accused have not been expensive or frequent enough to deter schools from these witch trials. Frankly it’s going to take some big lawsuits to change colleges’ calculations, and that’s why it’s a shame (but not an accident) that the amount of the Columbia settlement was undisclosed. The administration doesn’t want to encourage more plaintiffs to come forward at Columbia or elsewhere.
nypost.com By N.S. Riley
Many male students have confidentially reported that they had to deal with Title IX terrorism during their education at USC – which led them to experience ostracism, negative mental health, and dropping grades even in situations which did not lead to suspension and expulsion. The fact that there are eight lawsuits and an unprecedented Federal investigation should speak for itself; since many students fear retaliation and/or cannot afford legal counsel, this number is only a minor fraction of the male victims harmed by Kegan Allee’s campaign of terror…So the question is, why does USC sustain such a hostile atmosphere against male students despite so much legal trouble?
A former Catholic University of America student filed a lawsuit against the school last week seeking $1 million in general damages, saying it discriminated against him by gender in a sexual-assault investigation. The lawsuit said the procedures governing the disciplinary hearing are “entirely inadequate” because they don’t let accused students investigate allegations, vet evidence or train participants to “evaluate evidence in any manner”.
“Young college men that are wrongly accused are mentally harmed beyond belief,” says Alice True, founder of Save Our Sons “I know of many young guys who are immobilized by a false accusation. They’ve lost their education, their future, and their career dreams. They’ve let their families down, and even though they are innocent, the stigma of a false accusation lingers endlessly. Many guys are in therapy, they can’t get out of bed, they can’t cope with general life skills, they don’t trust women, and they can’t have a simple conversation with a woman.”
glamour.com By Lilly Dancyger
Background on this insane case: Neal’s TIX investigation was based on a complaint from another female. Neal’s girlfriend did not accuse him and both Neal and his girlfriend contend their sex was consensual. Neal was not charged in court with rape or any crime…Neal filed a lawsuit against CSU Pueblo stating that gender bias against male athletes and the university’s self-interest in its reputation were reasons he was suspended indefinitely in 2015…Recently the State Claims Board voted to approve CSU Pueblo’s monetary terms of the settlement agreement. “The agreement included monetary and a number of non-economic terms.” Hopefully now Grant Neal will resume his college education and get his degree.