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
Extremists and Statistics
There’s ‘classical’ feminism, and then there’s extreme feminism
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.
In the years following 2011, students accused of sexual assault have seen their due process rights eviscerated and their presumption of innocence ignored. Meanwhile, the definition of sexual assault has been expanded to include pretty much anything. The panelists who met on Capitol Hill last week aimed to provide fairness in their hearings, but rarely mentioned due process or fairness during the panel discussion….Outside of campus culture, men and women who face the risk of real sexual assault are forced to use the criminal justice system, where both accuser and accused have due process rights -apparently a terrible thing, according to activists, administrators and federal regulators.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
“The lower threshold as articulated in guidance in 2011 by the Office for Civil Rights provides the foundation for a likely outcome of responsibility.” It’s not about finding the truth, or administering justice. The purpose of the guidance is to make it more likely that accused students are found responsible, whether or not they have done anything wrong. OCR has tipped the scales in favor of alleged victims, because the lives of the accused matter less than the lives of the accusers.
reason.com By Robby Soave
A “rape culture” does not pervade our campuses. Nevertheless, our universities have curtailed basic civil liberties and perpetrated gross miscarriages of justice. Those who doubt due process has been degraded in college disciplinary proceedings should read “The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities” by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr. The authors of the indispensable “Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case” have once again performed an outstanding public service. In tale after harrowing tale, they expose “a system on our nation’s campuses in which accused students effectively have to prove their innocence, often under procedures that deny them any meaningful opportunity to do so.”
realclearpolitics.com By Peter Berkowitz