If you’re male and 18 and waiting anxiously for your acceptance at a college or university the authors of The Campus Rape Frenzy would undoubtedly have two words of advice: Don’t go. If you do go and then have sex, your partner can accuse you of rape if you kiss her or reach for her hand without her permission. She can say she was afraid of you when she did give permission and was coerced. She can claim that after a single drink she was under the influence of alcohol and therefore unable to give consent and can make these claims months after the fact without you being aware that she has made them. Think that’s scary? What happens next is even worse.
freebeacon.com By Bruce Fleming
This is the one year anniversary of the Fox documentary that focused on three college males who were falsely accused. First, Occidental’s John Doe speaks about meeting Jane Doe, their night of sex and his TIX hearing when he was denied all rights. Second, Paul Nungesser’s lawyer speaks about his case. Paul was found innocent by Columbia and Law enforcement, but Paul was slandered viciously by celebrity seeking Mattress Girl. Third, University of Tennessee’s Corey Mock speaks about his TIX injustices. Eventually a court of law overturned UTC’s injustice. Here is the 41 min. documentary.
One of the few Duke undergraduates to protest the prosecution of the Duke lacrosse players was Stephen Miller of the class of 2007. Miller wrote multiple articles for the Duke Chronicle and spoke on multiple news programs criticizing the prosecutor and Duke administrators. After graduating in 2007 Miller worked for Republicans on Capitol Hill and in 2015 he worked for Trump’s campaign and has been the speechwriter for Trump’s major speeches. washingtonexaminer.com
‘When our peers are accused of heinous acts, we should be the first to demand they be given the presumption of innocence-their immutable right. Instead, from the first day, many immediately presumed the lacrosse players’ guilt and called for their punishment. Sadly, I imagine many will continue to do so.’ Stephen Miller’s 2006 piece in the Duke Chronicle
NPR, which happily recites the fake news that one-in-five college women are sexually assaulted has just published a handy guide on how to spot . . . fake news. NPR should follow its own guidelines, but of course when it comes to sexual assault, it doesn’t. A few of NPR’s guides for spotting fake news expose the utter folly in accepting the one-in-five stat:
The Supreme Court is set to hear a court case about bathroom access. A central issue is judicial deference to the positions of agencies under the President’s control. The Court is supposed to decide whether OCR’s interpretation of the phrase “on the basis of sex” is entitled to judicial deference. If so, the Court would effectively convert the executive agency’s informally expressed views into the law of the land and a letter from an OCR bureaucrat becomes law…The Court should take the occasion to say that a mere letter, whatever its content, does not merit judicial deference, precisely because it bypasses the process of public input that we should want the executive branch to adopt in forming views on important policies.
newyorker.com By Jeannie Suk Gersen
Republicans have promoted U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina to lead the House education and workforce committee next year. Rep. Foxx has expressed concern about Office for Civil Rights overreach. She frequently opposed regulations and proposals from President Barack Obama’s administration… From Rep. Foxx’s mouth to God’s ears: “I think you’ll see us do everything we can to roll back those rules and regulations. ”
charlotteobserver.com By Anna Douglas
This is a big case for the state of Washington. Student Mr. Arishi challenged his expulsion from Washington State University’s (WSU’s) doctoral program in Education, claiming the university failed to afford him a full adjudicative proceeding required by the Washington Administrative Procedure Act. The Court of Appeals agreed. “We reverse the superior court and the underlying agency order, award Mr. Arishi reasonable attorney fees, and remand for a full adjudication.” With this ruling, people accused of sex offenses on college campuses get a full hearing and are allowed to have an attorney speak and question the accuser. This decision is based on Washington law, and will not affect cases in other jurisdictions.
seattletimes.com By Katherine Long
Adoption of the Dear Colleague letter in 2011-coupled with campus pressure from activists and their faculty and administrative allies-has paved the way for all sorts of procedural abuses in campus sexual assault cases. The latest example comes in a lawsuit filed against Williams College. This case was unusual…one of its employees had leveled serious, uncorroborated allegations against a student with whom she’d had an inappropriate romantic relationship. The complaint claims Dean Bolton assured her that Doe’s expulsion was virtually assured, despite firm college rules that preclude someone in Bolton’s position discussing another student’s disciplinary proceedings with someone in the employee’s position.
academicwonderland.com By KC Johnson
With President-elect Donald Trump, advocates for due process have a much better chance of being heard. The Trump transition team is asking you to tell your story and voice your concerns here: https://apply.ptt.gov/yourstory/ Collectively we can tell the stories of our sons and daughters being denied due process rights when falsely accused of campus sexual assault and then unjustly expelled by a Title IX kangaroo court. Together we can ask President-elect Donald Trump to:
- Revoke the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.
- Return due process to all accused students on college campuses:
- All evidence must be provided to the accused.
- Restore right to cross-examination.
- Adjudication hearing should be by panel of peers, rejecting the single-adjudicator model.
- End immediate removal of accused students unless charged by police, restoring principle of innocent until proven guilty.
- Move OCR under the Dept. of Justice.
- Reject victim-centered (believe the accuser) sexual assault investigations.
- First amendment free speech standards should apply on all campuses, such that students are free from harrassment for personal political views.
Friends of SOS, we can make a difference for our falsely accused college students, please take action.
Gratefully, Alice True
The complaints continue to roll in. Five new federal lawsuits have been filed alleging unfair treatment in campus sexual misconduct proceedings. In one important ruling, an Ohio federal judge allowed several of an Ohio State University (OSU) student’s due process claims to survive a motion to dismiss, even holding that several OSU administrators might not be entitled to qualified immunity on those claims.
thefire.org By Samantha Harris