Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson permanently barred Duke from suspending junior Ciaran McKenna over sexual misconduct claims. McKenna claimed Duke breached its own policy by allowing a second hearing panel to hear the case at all, when instead the appeals panel should have “resolved the case” as specified by university procedure at the time. “The summary judgement motion was about the contract claim, that Duke has a contract with their students and in particular with this student, and that they violated that contract,” said Emilia Beskind, one of McKenna’s lawyers. “The permanent injunction is based on the court’s finding on that claim.” Jay Ferguson, McKenna’s other lawyer, stated that Duke official Janie Long is on record telling a student that an appeals board “will make the final decision” in cases where there’s no need for more testimony. Per Ferguson, Duke officials “didn’t want this court to see” that email, telling Judge Hudson that the university handed it over late in the trial-preparation process after McKenna’s lawyers asked them to confirm its authenticity or see Long called as a witness. Judge Hudson’s ruling effectively decided McKenna’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against Duke ahead of trial, leaving the two sides little more to do but argue about the damages Duke eventually might have to pay McKenna.
College Men: Don’t Apply Here
Occidental, UVA, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, University of Oregon, USC, SMU, UNC, the State of New York, Illinois, Virginia, Minnesota, California and Connecticut. These colleges and states have passed laws that are extremely biased against males. As anti-due process and anti-male continues, this list grows.
Elizabeth Dunn, a senior at Middlebury College says she’s facing expulsion after she falsely accused 30 innocent college males on Facebook. Dunn evidently took no steps to verify any of the claims she posted, which featured accusations such as “physically /emotionally abusive,” “rapist, physically violent,” “treats women but especially Black women like shit” and “serial rapist.” Dunn has been involved in activism on Middlebury’s campus in the past. At the college radio station website last year, Dunn authored an essay in which she repeatedly told white people to “shut the fuck up.”
thecollegefix.com By Michelle Fortunato
Jury selection for the trial of expelled Senior Yale student Saifullah Khan is beginning. However, the defense filed a motion requesting a hearing to discuss whether the Yale Police Department handled its investigation and arrest of Khan in November 2015 in a fair manner. The motion accuses the YPD of unethically coordinating with the Yale administration to build a case against Khan, acting on cultural bias against Muslims, and undermining the fairness of the trial through a string of errors and omissions of evidence.
yaledailynews.com By O’Daly & Park
A junior at Yale University is suing his school after a Title IX investigation found him guilty of false allegations of “groping” and “creating a hostile academic environment.” He is the fourth male student to file suit against Yale alleging gender discrimination since 2011. The lawsuit contends that the student was accused by two longtime female friends who colluded to allege that he groped them, citing that the two complaints were filed “only minutes apart” in September 2017, both alleging misconduct in 2016. The student’s lawyer Andrew Miltenberg, argues that because the affair was rife with “gender bias,” the school “failed to conduct thorough and impartial investigation.”
campusreform.org Toni Airaksinen
A pre-med student at Penn State claims the university has policies in place that discriminate against men on campus, and promote false reports of sexual misconduct. The male immigrant student ‘John Doe’ slapped the school with a lawsuit, accusing it of “systematic gender bias and discrimination. Doe’s suit accuses Penn State of demonstrating “a pattern of inherent and systematic gender bias and discrimination against male students accused of misconduct.” (In 2016, Doe was found guilty of sexual misconduct- regardless of the evidence supporting his innocence- his suit says.) The young man ultimately believes he’s a “victim of unlawful, targeted, biased, arbitrary and capricious disciplinary actions at the hands of Penn State administrators.”
nypost.com By Chris Perez
ITHACA’S College President is Convicted Sex Abuser Shirley Collado. She Gets a 2nd Chance. Why Don’t Our Male Students?
Ithaca College’s new President Shirley M. Collado, was accused and convicted of sexually abusing a female patient in 2001 while working as a psychologist at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Shirley admitted to living with the female patient in her home after the patient was discharged from the psychiatric hospital. The patient said Shirley had sex with her repeatedly, once in a threesome with a male. Very few of those accused have received the kind of understanding and mercy that Shirley Collado has received. Ithaca College hired Collado last year, and she revealed the “claims” against her in a campus interview shortly after she was hired as president. Indeed, there have been many such allegations of sexual abuse against powerful people, and powerless students and employees in the past year that involved a “singular incident,” but few have received the kind of understanding and mercy that Collado has received.
mindingthecampus.org By Anne Hendershott
Yale University has been the subject of three lawsuits and two federal investigations since 2011 that center on the university’s ability to examine claims of sexual misconduct. Yale has been sued by three men who claim Yale’s sexual-misconduct committee discriminated against them based on their gender or denied them their due-process rights. The highest-profile case is a suit filed by Jack Montague, a former varsity men’s basketball captain expelled during his senior-year second semester. Another male filed a federal suit against Yale and simultaneously filed a complaint with the DoEd’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging Yale discriminated against him in a misconduct hearing because of his gender.
These lawsuits, and the potential for more, pose a threat to Yale.
businessinsider.com By Abby Jackson
A new lawsuit filed this month is similar to one pending before Judge Matthew W. Brann. In this current lawsuit a former Penn State male, John Doe, is challenging the method Penn uses to resolve sexual misconduct cases. Doe claims his due process rights were violated by not being permitted to attend a Dec. 2015, Title IX panel hearing, confront his accuser or ask questions. He charges he was required to prove the sex was consensual and Peters, who investigated the matter as a police officer, was biased against him. The second and similar suit before Judge Brann was brought by a sophomore pre-med student claiming Penn’s disciplinary process in sex misconduct cases is tainted by anti-male bias. Brann issued a preliminary injunction in Aug. 2017, that prevented the university from imposing sanctions that included suspension for the current semester and a ban from the accelerated pre-med program.
pennlive.com By John Beauge
Two female students at Yale formally accused a male student mere minutes apart on the same day, saying he groped both of them on a bus and one of them months earlier in Paris. They teamed up again by coordinating their testimony against the male – “who has been a conservative columnist for the Yale Daily News” – during the Title IX hearing itself, according to the accused student’s new lawsuit against Yale. “John Doe,” whose parents immigrated to America in 2011, claims Yale found him responsible for sexual misconduct in spite of the fact that three witnesses walking behind him and “Jane Roe” in June 2016 in Paris did not see the alleged groping. To reiterate, despite the fact that no witness testified to observing the alleged groping, the panel found Doe responsible for groping.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Aziz Ansari is lucky he’s not a college student; otherwise he could have been accused months after the incident, investigated by a lone administrator with sole power to decide which witnesses to interview, called before a hearing to answer charges he does not fully understand, forbidden from consulting a lawyer or cross-examining his accuser, found responsible for sexual misconduct under a preponderance of the evidence standard, and expelled from campus as required by TitleIX. Consider a few TitleIX cases where young men suffered severe consequences. At Occidental College, a male student, John Doe, had sex with a female student, Jane Roe. Jane had every intention of sleeping with John-she had asked him to keep a condom handy. Later, she felt badly about the experience, and was persuaded by a sociology professor that because she was impaired by alcohol during the encounter, she couldn’t have given consent. John was eventually expelled. At Amherst College, two intoxicated students, John Doe, and Jane Roe, retired to a dorm room, where Jane performed oral sex on John. John would later claim he was blacked out. Amherst administrators deemed his story “credible,” but noted that drunkenness was never an excuse for engaging in nonconsensual sex-which is what Jane accused John of, two years later. He was expelled. There are hundreds of drunken hookups gone wrong, misinterpreted signals, and unmet expectations that culminated in powerful universities punishing young men for sexual assault.
reason.com By Robby Soave