If every other egregious example of a male student denied due process after being accused of sexual misconduct gets ignored – this one should not be. College administrators, as well as members of the media and legislators, would do well to remember the name Thomas Klocke. Klocke, a straight male, was accused by a gay male student of writing anti-gay slurs on his computer during a class. Klocke vehemently denied the accusation, and administrators who investigated the incident acknowledged there was no evidence to support the accuser’s claims, yet Klocke was still punished. The accused student’s father, a lawyer acting as the administrator of his son’s estate, is now suing the school for violating his son’s Title IX rights.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
Extremists and Statistics
There’s ‘classical’ feminism, and then there’s extreme feminism
A recently released Duke University sexual assault survey suggests female students at the prestigious university are raped at a higher rate than in America’s most dangerous city. U.S. News & World Report lists Duke as having 6,639 undergraduate students. That would mean approximately 520 undergraduate female students can say they have been raped since enrolling. America’s most dangerous city St. Louis, which has a population of more than 300,000, had 551 rapes reported in 2015 and 2016… Duke’s survey defines sexual assault as “any unwanted, nonconsensual sexual contact” and includes both sexual battery and rape in the definition which also combines unwanted touching and forced sexual assault “as if the severity of the offenses were the same.” [At some point parents will wake up and stop sending their sons to Duke.-SOS]
thecollegefix.com By Nathan Rubbelke 10 Years Later The legacy of the Duke Lacrosse Scandal
The Office for Civil Rights’ ‘Dear Colleague’ letter changed everything. The 2011 Dear Colleague letter established three important precedents that would harm the quest for fairness in college disciplinary proceedings. First, it enshrined the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard. Second, “OCR strongly discourages schools from allowing the parties personally to question or cross-examine each other during the hearing.” Lastly, the letter established the right of complainants to appeal an unfavorable outcome—a departure from the norms of Western justice, which traditionally hold that not-guilty verdicts are final…An increasing number of legal experts admit that there’s something deeply disturbing about the approach championed by OCR.
reason.com By Robby Soave
Campus feminists whipped up a shrieking frenzy over sexual assault allegations at a Northwestern University fraternity in February. Their hysteria was based on anonymous phone calls. There were no actual victims, no witnesses and no physical evidence or electronic evidence or any other kind of evidence that any such an event involving any such women ingesting any such drugs or suffering any such sexual assaults ever occurred. Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin who helped promote the rape lie was forced to face the facts and said recently “no disciplinary action or further investigative action related to the reports of sexual misconduct will be taken at this time.” ..And instead of admitting the whole thing was a hoax, Northwestern is scouring the targeted fraternity for “other potential violations” of campus codes to justify putting them through hell in the first place.
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
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
William Blackstone declared, “It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education took a different position. They decreed that Title IX sex tribunals should embrace a weaker “preponderance of the evidence” standard. So how high a risk of false conviction do the innocent face under the OCR’s Title IX guidance standards? UCLA Professor John Villasenor set out to answer that in a study that uses probability theory to model false Title IX convictions under the preponderance of the evidence standard. What he found should take all fair-minded Americans aback.
reason.com By Ronald Bailey
Over the last few years, we have become all but immune to what, under any other circumstances, would be a fantastic claim—that one in five female undergraduates will be victims of sexual assault. This rate would translate to several hundreds of thousands of violent crime victims (with almost all of the incidents unnoticed) annually, and implies that about the same percentage of female college students are sexually assaulted as women in the Congo where rape was used as a war crime in the nation’s civil war…Even within this environment of pie-in-the-sky statistics, a recent survey from Duke stands out.
mindingthecampus By KC Johnson
Tufts Community Union Senate voted down Student’s Advocating for Students resolution “Requesting Fair and Protective Title IX Procedures.” Twenty-five student Senators voted against fair and protective Title IX procedures, and no Senators voted in favor of these procedures. The hearing prior to the final vote was a shocking yet accurate display of Tufts University’s egregious campus culture…Senators directly defended allowing victims of sexual misconduct to determine Title IX sexual misconduct cases- violating Tufts’ obligation to provide impartial Title IX proceedings.
sa4s.org By Students Advocating for Students