It is not often that the veil of university Title IX procedures is lifted, but when it is, as described in Zoe Katz’s heartfelt letter regarding her Orwellian experience at the University of Southern California, the public captures a glimpse of the dystopian inner workings of a system designed to “help” victims of sexual assault.
washingtonexaminer.com by Cynthia P. Garrett and Alison Scott
Over the past six years, students who believe they were falsely accused of sexual assault have sued colleges. On average, United Educators and colleges ended up paying $187,000 per case. In 40 percent of the cases, institutions were out more than $200,000. In nearly 60 percent of the accused-student cases reviewed, at least one of the students involved had consumed alcohol.
chronicle.com By Sarah Brown
University of Cincinnati is desperate to claim the nation’s most unfair campus sexual assault process. In this case, two students met on the Tinder app. The female later claimed the sex wasn’t consensual; the male said it was. At the hearing, neither the accuser nor the Title IX investigator, bothered to appear, denying indirect cross-examination. Panel Chair:’ OK, so the complainant is not here…Respondent, do you have any questions of the Title IX report?’ Accused Student: ‘Well, since she’s not here, I can’t really ask anything of the report.’ The student was found guilty and then sued. UC maintained that its denial of any cross-examination didn’t violate the student’s due process rights.The accused’s attorney Josh Engel faced no skeptical questions from the sixth circuit appeal panel, and made important points about why due process matters.
6th Circuit Summary w Audio Excerpts By KC Johnson
One of the best ways to determine whether a case is weak is to watch good minds try and fail to make it. This is exactly what happened in the New York Times yesterday, as Jon Krakauer and Laura Dunn teamed up to defend the Obama administration’s incoherent, unlawful, and disastrous streamlining of the process for punishing alleged campus rapists…There is an important word that appears nowhere in Krakauer and Dunn’s essay: “Constitution.” They act as if the Department of Education has complete discretion to determine the proper legal standards in such cases, which it most surely does not. DeVos isn’t just right to re-examine those directives; her re-examination is a constitutional imperative.
nationalreview.com By David French
I have written for several years on my belief that Title IX investigations on campus are fundamentally broken. But even I’m stunned to see some of the stories – like the one involving USC kicker Matt Boermeester. Here you have a boyfriend and girlfriend in a one year relationship who are allegedly playing around outside their apartment. An unnamed witness sees this -we know nothing about this witness – tells a USC athletic department official and then a Title IX investigation ensues and shortly thereafter Matt is kicked out of school. All because one anonymous witness saw the duo playing around outside their apartment. And if you think Matt Boermeester at USC is the only innocent victim, you’re wrong. There are thousands of other students just like him all over this country. It’s way past time for reasonable people to acknowledge campus Title IX investigations are broken and return some sanity to the system.
Many male students have confidentially reported that they had to deal with Title IX terrorism during their education at USC – which led them to experience ostracism, negative mental health, and dropping grades even in situations which did not lead to suspension and expulsion. The fact that there are eight lawsuits and an unprecedented Federal investigation should speak for itself; since many students fear retaliation and/or cannot afford legal counsel, this number is only a minor fraction of the male victims harmed by Kegan Allee’s campaign of terror…So the question is, why does USC sustain such a hostile atmosphere against male students despite so much legal trouble?
“Young college men that are wrongly accused are mentally harmed beyond belief,” says Alice True, founder of Save Our Sons “I know of many young guys who are immobilized by a false accusation. They’ve lost their education, their future, and their career dreams. They’ve let their families down, and even though they are innocent, the stigma of a false accusation lingers endlessly. Many guys are in therapy, they can’t get out of bed, they can’t cope with general life skills, they don’t trust women, and they can’t have a simple conversation with a woman.”
glamour.com By Lilly Dancyger
Background on this insane case: Neal’s TIX investigation was based on a complaint from another female. Neal’s girlfriend did not accuse him and both Neal and his girlfriend contend their sex was consensual. Neal was not charged in court with rape or any crime…Neal filed a lawsuit against CSU Pueblo stating that gender bias against male athletes and the university’s self-interest in its reputation were reasons he was suspended indefinitely in 2015…Recently the State Claims Board voted to approve CSU Pueblo’s monetary terms of the settlement agreement. “The agreement included monetary and a number of non-economic terms.” Hopefully now Grant Neal will resume his college education and get his degree.
Both the accused and the accuser should have due process protections when colleges and universities resolve allegations of campus misconduct. Both parties should receive written notice before a formal investigation begins, both parties should be allowed to participate in an investigation, both parties should be allowed to review a school’s initial investigative report and to respond to the final report, and both parties should have a right to appeal, according to the report by the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protection.
abajournal.com B D.C. Weiss
Columbia settled the second lawsuit filed by Nungesser. In filing the lawsuit last year, Nungesser said “While I personally would like to put this case behind me, I also think this complaint raises some fundamental questions that our society deserves answers to.” Those questions, he says, include whether male and female students have the same rights, and whether “a false accusation [is] all it takes to lose any right to a normal life and a normal college experience.”
hotair.com By Ed Morrissey