Ohio University realized that the survey it conducted on “sexual misconduct victimization” was full of problems – yet it released the results anyway. Measuring campus sexual assault is one of the great objectives in higher education, yet survey instruments tend to produce more heat than light. Clearly this survey had such a low participation rate that any result will be suspect.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
“The majority of Title IX complaints received this year (more than 6,000) were filed by a single complainant alleging discrimination in schools’ athletics programs,” “The Department of Education’s Sexual Harassment Guidance radically expands harassment liability (such as saying colleges have to regulate off-campus conduct, which the courts have said they don’t…Hans Bader, who worked for OCR said “The only reason there are more complaints to the Education Department than there used to be is because its Office for Civil Rights has defined perfectly legal practices as illegal.”
breitbart.com By Dr. Susan Berry
Sacred Heart University has issued a letter of apology to a local man for wrongly posting his name and photograph on leaflets. The letter of apology is part of his settlement of a $1 million defamation lawsuit against the Fairfield school. His attorney Thomas Ganim, confirmed that a settlement in the Superior Court lawsuit had been reached but declined comment on the details, citing a confidentiality agreement with the university.
www.ctpost.com By Daniel Tepfer
After a college football coach dared to stand up for 10 black players’ legal rights, a mob of at least 3,000 has petitioned for the University of Minnesota’s president and athletic director to fire him. Such is today’s campus witch-hunt culture. Coach Tracy Claeys committed the heresy of questioning whether UMinn’s Title IX adjudication denied his players due process, and supposedly enlightened liberal activists now want him charred at the stake for it.
nypost.com Jillian Kay Melchior
Serial accuser, Angela Cameron is being sued. Katharine Westaway a women/gender studies professor is being sued…Falsely accused student, David Jia sued the University of Miami, two officials and his accuser for “negligence, Title IX violations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and other claims.” Jia is seeking justice against the university that railroaded him. Two things stand out about Jia’s suit-Police determined that serial accuser Angela Cameron blatantly lied, and professor Katharine Westaway, was moonlighting as an unofficial “rape counselor” while she harassed David Jia.
The American Council on Education, an organization of 1,600 college presidents, has called the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights a “Star Chamber” that railroads colleges unfortunate enough to come under Title IX investigation. The results of a new survey by insurance group United Educators show just how expensive OCR’s threats and bias in favor of accusers have been for colleges. They have lost $60 million responding to sexual-assault allegations over 10 years, and the average cost of an accuser’s claim is $342,000, according to United Educators’ new Title IX risk management service, Canopy Programs.
A boy and a girl at Univ. of Michigan were drinking. They danced and had sex. He says the sex was consensual. She had morning after regret and Title IX’d him. The male was expelled. Attorney Deborah Gordon, who is representing the male student, posed a question a jury will ultimately have to answer: If the female student had been voluntarily drinking, are there legal grounds for a suit against the male student? And if there is grounds for a suit, how much is the female student responsible for what happened.
www.abc10.com By David Jesse
Farrer didn’t want to have sex with her. He had been taught in his ROTC program that “drunk people aren’t supposed to sleep together,” and while he didn’t think either was drunk, he wanted to play it safe. Zerfoss, “seemed fully cognizant,” she wasn’t slurring her words or fumbling, and she was insistent that they have sex. “She kept calling my name,” grabbing his hands and putting them on her body. When Farrer tried to spurn her advances by making small talk she rejected. “Eventually, I gave in.” The following week, Farrer was told that a female student had filed a sexual-assault allegation against him with the Title IX office. In spite of a police investigation that found “inconclusive evidence” and numerous inconsistencies in his accuser’s story, Farrer was still ruled responsible for sexual assault and expelled by Indiana University-Bloomington. “If you’re a male and you’re accused, you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Farrer said.
thecollegefix By Toni Airaksinen
A University of North Carolina football player was falsely accused by Delaney Robinson last year. An attorney for Allen Artis the athlete, says the university’s Title IX compliance coordinator found no violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy after conducting a thorough investigation.
San Diego State University violated “procedural fairness” by refusing to let a student accused of rape have an advocate “with the same or substantially similar skills, training and experience” as his accuser’s advocate. In essence, the accused was left to defend himself while his accuser was able to utilize the services of a “skillful, trained and experienced advocate,” the very person who investigated the case. The Court wonders how, given Petitioner’s youth, infant stages of his post-secondary education and the seriousness of the charges, Petitioner was able to conduct himself as well as he did. Judges have traditionally given schools wide latitude to fashion their own campus judicial systems, but colleges have abused their autonomy, and judges are starting to re-impose the rule of law.
nationalreview By David French