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
Extremists and Statistics
There’s ‘classical’ feminism, and then there’s extreme feminism
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
An incoming freshman at UC Santa Barbara is suing the university to remove a suspension that has barred him from attending the school since August. “Even though my client has never been charged by UCSB with any violation of University rules, he sits out of school and it is now clear he will miss the entire school year unless a court ultimately intervenes,” Doe’s lawyer, Robert P. Ottilie said.
dailynexus.com By Jose Ochoa
A wave of bills dealing with campus sexual assault are moving through state legislatures, and many of them would codify elements of contentious federal guidelines that deprive accused students of due process rights. The measures would make it easier for accusations to result in expulsions and the permanent branding of students who may be innocent, without allowing them a chance to defend themselves. Some of the bills would expand the definition of sexual assault by narrowing the definition of consent to the point where nearly any sexual encounter could be considered non-consensual.
There are clearly some women out there who are deeply confused about what it means to be raped, and they are, in many cases, being misled by the adults around them. As documented in “The Campus Rape Frenzy,” the Title IX coordinators encourage young, impressionable women to call every incident of regrettable drunken sex “rape.” These days, the reasons for falsely claiming rape have much more to do with the campus soap opera and the sexual politics of one’s peer group… When you decide to ruin a man’s life and reputation in order to cover up your own mistakes or get what you want from others, you’re not a victim-you’re a sociopath.
nypost By Naomi Schaefer Riley
Since 2012, Yale must document all sexual assault allegations on campus. Yale deputy provost Stephanie Spangler prepared this years report and it provides a peak into the deeply unhealthy atmosphere regarding the investigation and adjudication of sexual assault complaints. Her report portrays a campus in the midst of a terrifying wave of violent crime- or more likely in the midst of a moral panic. Spangler is giddly that there were 81 reports of some type of sexual harassment at Yale in the last six months of 2016…Her report has many insights. One is that a disturbing pattern is emerging where the Title IX coordinators and not the accusers are filing sexual assault complaints against Yale undergraduate students.
mindingthecampus By KC Johnson
This is a terribly tragic story of discrimination and what bystander intervention really looks like. A TIX sexual assault complaint was filed by a nosy 3rd party female…Doe attempted to put an end to the matter at once: Grant Neal (the accused) recorded her making the definitive statement, “I’m fine and I wasn’t raped” to university officials. But no one cared. In the eyes of the university, it was not Doe’s place to determine whether she was a victim of sexual assault—that was the investigators job. The man in charge of investigating whether Grant Neal had raped Doe first told Neal to open emails from Doe his girlfriend, and then later told him he could be disciplined for opening them. “That’s when I immediately knew,” said Neal. “That’s when I really knew that the situation was above my control.”.. After denying Neal any meaningful way to demonstrate his innocence, CSU-Pueblo effectively ended his career, cancelling out his scholarships and opportunities to play football and pursue a wrestling career. Read Mr. Neal’s interview below.
reason By Robby Soave
Males, get out of Mississippi. Leave and don’t look back. A bill in the Mississippi Legislature could codify a controversial federal mandate that could reduce due process rights for those accused of sex assaults at the state’s public universities and community colleges. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Democrat Angela Cockerham, would require the state institutions of higher learning to implement a comprehensive policy toward allegations of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking that goes a step beyond one proposed by the federal government in 2011.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow and Steve Wilson
With the NY Times setting the tone, the mainstream media have presented a misleading picture of almost every aspect of the campus sexual assault problem. The coverage has three critical flaws. The first is the “believe-the-survivor” dogma, which presumes the guilt of accused students. Second, journalists have embraced without skepticism or context surveys purporting to show that 20 percent of female college students are sexually assaulted-Third, media coverage of alleged sexual assault on college campuses fails to report in any meaningful way the actual procedures that colleges employ in sexual assault cases… SOS requests that NY Times speak with FACE and write an honest story about those accused.