As it left office last year, Obama’s administration made one final move in its crusade against campus due process: it requested a massive increase-$30.7 million, or 28.7 percent-in funding for OCR. To translate: OCR head Catherine Lhamon wanted to hire nearly 200 permanent employees, who would work under a true believer (Harvard’s ex-Title IX coordinator), because she had decided OCR would investigate not merely the complaints it received but thousands of other cases, even though no accuser had filed a Title IX complaint about any of these individual cases. On this matter, as on virtually all OCR-related matters during the Obama years, no sign of congressional oversight existed. It would be difficult to imagine a more wasteful use of federal funds.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
The ACTL has issued a watershed White Paper that highlights how the current system of campus rape tribunals shortchanges both victims and accused students, thereby undermining the goal of curbing campus rape. The White Paper makes recommendations regarding the need for procedural due process; impartial investigations; the rights to counsel, access evidence, and notice of allegations; cross-examination; and the inadequacy of the preponderance of evidence standard. “Under the current system everyone loses: accused students are deprived of fundamental fairness, complainants’ experiences are unintentionally eroded and undermined, and colleges and universities are trapped between the two.”
thefire.org By Alex Morey
The sexual assault conviction against former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu has been overturned by Texas’s 10th Court of Appeals. The appeals court overturned Ukwuachu’s conviction because text messages between the victim and a friend of hers on the night of the alleged assault were improperly excluded from evidence. Ukwuachu claims the texts show that he had consensual intercourse with the woman. The court ruled that Ukwuachu be given a new trial.
It’s ironic. Pretty girls crying get what they want. Pretty boys crying do not get due process..A Senate committee killed HB51 that would change the way Georgia’s public universities investigate and punish allegations of sexual assault on campus. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, was unfazed by the vote, saying he would give him more time to work on the measure. “This is too serious an issue” to push it, Ehrhart said. “It’s not dead by any stretch of the imagination. The issue hasn’t gone away.”
www.myajc.com By Rhonda Cook
“The main problem with affirmative consent policies is that they don’t match how people have sex in the real world, including on college campuses. They are a classic example of policies that sound good in theory but break down in practice.” If you point to any one thing and say that’s what made me think I had consent, you’re going to be found responsible for sexual misconduct. That’s because most sexual misconduct policies explicitly say that consent for one sexual act does not imply consent for another sexual act.
thecrimson.com By Dillon and Stotland
For nearly six years now, a federal mandate has manhandled American colleges. The Department of Education’s 2011 guidance on campus sexual misconduct reinterpreted a gender parity law—Title IX of the Higher Education Act—to police colleges’ responses to reported sexual assaults. The federal government, joined by virtually all colleges and universities, has mounted a systematic attack on bedrock American principles including the presumption of innocence, access to exculpatory evidence, the right to cross-examine one’s accuser, and due process. Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson trace the ideological and political roots of this harmful policy shift to a cultural interest in reparations to the second sex.
weeklystandard.com By Alice B. Lloyd
Fifty years ago a white woman accused 14 year old black Emmett Till of sexual assault. It turns out her accusation was false, Throughout America, college campuses are reliving the Jim Crow South where black men stereotyped as rapists were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan. Today at colleges when a white female accuses a black male of assaulting her, Title IX teaches (religiously) that she is to be believed. This brazen and radical feminist stance of ‘believe’ is leading to hundreds of innocent males being Title9 falsely accused, expelled and denied a college education for life. Many of the accused males are black without resources to defend their innocence. Below are true stories of alleged campus sexual assaults involving white girls who Title9 accuse blacks. ALL BLACKS WERE Denied a FAIR HEARING, Denied DUE PROCESS, and denied the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE.
Sacred Heart University: White Female and 2 Black Males have consenting sex, She cries rape. 2 BLACKS EXPELLED White Female is charged w making a false allegation. 2 Black Males never get their college education or scholarship back.
Florida State University: White Female and Black Male athlete have consenting sex. Female accuses. Black Male is found innocent three times. White Female shifts story, contradicts evidence. White Female seeks celebrity and $$ while BLACK MALE IS SLANDERED.
False accusations exist. Due Process is essential for justice. Alice
More than a dozen new lawsuits have been filed against universities by students who allege they were discriminated against and denied due process in campus sexual misconduct proceedings, and even more complaints are in the works. There have also been a number of new rulings in the many ongoing accused-student lawsuits. Today, I’ll talk about two of this month’s decisions in which federal judges denied accused students’ requests for preliminary injunctions in their cases.
www.thefire.org By Samantha Harris
Three Minnesota football players have been cleared of sexual harassment allegations in the final round of appeals at the school and will be allowed to return to spring practice. “These couple of months have been nothing short of a nightmare for me and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me and shown nothing but love,” Winfield posted on Twitter. “Today I have officially been cleared and I am excited to tear up the field for my brothers and my gopher fans.”
reviewjournal.com By Jon Krawczynski
For 23 years Tom Rossley was a member of the Drake Board of Trustees. Rossley is now suing Drake after his fellow trustees voted to remove him because of his defense of his son. Rossley’s son, who is identified only as John Doe in court documents, and who appears to be a victim of sexual assault, is also suing Drake for gender discrimination in a separate lawsuit filed late last year. What follows is a campus sexual assault investigation unlike any other, which has so many elements from other outrageous campus kangaroo-court fiascos it could have been written for an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Sadly, for Rossley and his son, this nightmare was not written by Hollywood; it is their current reality.
watchdog By Ashe Schow