Today marks exactly two years since I was falsely accused of sexual assault. It was the day that my whole life came crashing down around me and though I am a much stronger, indeed a much more formidable person, than I was two years ago, it still hurts to know that my life was almost destroyed because of a lie. It also hurts to know that despite the incontrovertible evidence we uncovered proving my innocence, my former college botched their “investigation” and eventually found me responsible for something I didn’t do… Aside from my lawyers, my parents, the federal government, and the school, this is the first time I have shared this information publicly.
facingthecampus.blogspot.com By Jonathon Andrews
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute attempted to punish a male student from a different school, and a recent court ruling against RPI sheds light on their appalling behavior. The story begins in 2015 when Doe, a graduate student at a school that is not RPI, was in a relationship with an RPI student. When their relationship ended the RPI student filed a Title IX complaint with RPI against Doe. As the court would later observe, the alleged conduct at issue “took place off campus and was not in anyway related to an educational program or activity of RPI.” Despite this, RPI launched an investigation of Doe and interviewed him. Doe’s attorneys argued that RPI had no jurisdiction over Doe and that, even if it did, its disciplinary process was flawed. Doe-v-RPI The court ruled that RPI went too far in asserting jurisdiction over Doe and subjecting him to its disciplinary process. Per the ruling, a New York state court judge stated RPI’s interview of Doe constituted “a clear violation of Doe’s constitutional rights,” deemed RPI’s conduct “arbitrary” and “capricious,” and annulled RPI’s finding that Doe had sexually assaulted an RPI student.
Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of “The War Against Boys” and “Who Stole Feminism?,” has coined the term “victim feminism,” a school of thought she believes exaggerates the sexual assault problem. Ms. Sommers has argued all along that the Obama model didn’t work. We get her take on what the change means.
nytimes.com Interview by Stephanie Saulnov
“The problem hasn’t penetrated the public consciousness. People don’t know that a young man can be expelled from college without ever having received specific written notice of what he’s alleged to have done wrong.”…”I have not talked to a single young man who’s been through this who wasn’t suicidal, and you hear people say, ‘Well, if he’s a rapist, he should be suicidal.’ OK, but we don’t know he’s a rapist.”
reason.com By Robby Soave
Since 2011, the federal government has required all universities that receive federal money to provide “training or experience in handling complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence” to adjudicators and investigators. It makes sense to train those who are assigned to investigate campus sexual-assault allegations, but the ideological regimes used on campuses are designed more to stack the deck against accused students than to ensure a fair inquiry. “The biggest problem with these training materials, is that if the accuser comes in, contradicts herself and the evidence, all that gets explained away because of ‘trauma.’ Junk science like that makes it extraordinarily hard for students to defend themselves effectively,” says Justin Dillon, a lawyer who has defended dozens of students accused of sexual assault.
weeklystandard.com By Johnson and Taylor
The nightmare: You are a male undergraduate. A female friend accuses you of raping her. Your university charges you with sexual assault. You figure the matter will be easily resolved, since your girlfriend and another friend were sitting nearby the entire time, and both will testify that there was no rape, no physical contact…You figured wrong. At your disciplinary hearing your university reached findings that contradicted the evidence and disregarded the testimony from your two eyewitnesses that no assault had occurred. You were found guilty, suspended and denied a college education for two years.
jewishjournal.com By Arthur Willner
A New York Times article provided a view into the distressing fight that mothers take on to clear their sons who are accused of sexual assault on campus. The stories of these women provide a fresh reminder that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was right to rescind the Obama Administrations guidelines about combating campus sexual assault. Those guidelines eroded rights of accused students and led to a perverse environment on campuses. In many cases, the young men are cleared, but their lives can’t return to “normal” because assault allegations have damaged their name, reputation, and career and education prospects. iwf.org By P. L. Onwuka
The Massachusetts Senate has voted unanimously in favor of a bill that looks like it would kill due process for those accused of sexual misconduct on campuses. Due process for the accused was almost eliminated in 2011 by Obama’s Department of Education, but Trump’s Secretary of Education rescinded Obama’s anti-due process guidelines in Sept. 2017. In Massachusetts, a number of lawsuits filed by accused parties in response to their treatment at the hands of colleges have seen settlements. In a federal complaint involving Brandeis University, Judge Saylor ripped Brandeis administrators for “appearing to have substantially impaired, if not eliminated, an accused student’s right to a fair and impartial process.”…Last month Democratic CA Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a measure to codify Obama’s 2011 guidelines.
iwf.org By Charlotte Hays
It has been two years since I was falsely accused, and I’m going to share my very complex and traumatic story with you. One night I drank too much, and woke up to a fraternity brother performing oral sex on me. I screamed “HOW DARE YOU!?” When I told our Housing Director, he implored me to keep the incident quiet. Looking back, I realize how stupid I was to keep quiet…A year later I was accused by a group of people who had convinced my friend and fraternity brother that I had assaulted him in his sleep. My entire world came crashing down around me. Hanover College’s Title IX Coordinator, Casey Heckler, is perhaps the most incompetent woman on the face of God’s Green Earth, and during this time I received constant harassment from the group of men who helped coordinate my accusation. This all culminated in my suicide attempt and a lengthy stay in a mental institution…In Feb. 2016 I was on campus for a second hearing when I was found not responsible for the first case. The group of men coordinating my accusations were infuriated that I was found not responsible. One of them even tweeted “dont worry, his celebration will be short lived.” The implication was clear. They would be accusing me again and again and again until I was expelled.
facingthecampus.blogspot.com By Jonathon Andrews
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s new agenda for handling allegations of sexual assault is flunking out at colleges and universities across the country. Instead, many say they will continue to adhere to Obama administration guidance issued in 2011 that made it easier to punish alleged perpetrators. It’s not only institutions of higher learning that have vowed to resist the reforms DeVos has outlined. Several states have produced legislation to codify the Obama administration’s guidance. One surprising response came in California where the state Legislature passed a bill aimed to codify Obama-era guidance. But it was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who cited concerns for due process and fairness.
realclearinvestigations.com By Ashe Schow