The lawsuit filed by Northwestern Title IX accuser “Nola Hartley” against best-selling author Laura Kipnis (Unwanted Advances) has attracted substantial attention. The Kipnis book looks primarily at four cases, and the second case which involved Ludlow and a graduate student in his department prompted the Title IX complaint against Kipnis and is also the subject of the lawsuit…Beyond the exaggerated claims, the baseline premise of the lawsuit is a chilling one: that while the Ph.D. student purportedly “takes no issue with [Kipnis’] choice to write on this topic,” Hartley, as a Title IX accuser, some of whose claims Northwestern accepted, should have a veto power over which “facts” Kipnis can present. This argument should raise grave concerns.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
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 policies and laws that are extremely biased against males. As anti-due process continues, this list increases. Men are preferring Canadian colleges over American colleges. It’s worth your good name, innocence and a successful future for you to go elsewhere.
When an overly-intoxicated girl showed up on the steps of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house during Orientation Week in 2015, the brothers’ first response was to help her. “We only brought her onto our porch because we decided she needed help and that turning her away would be immoral,” Johnson said. They never expected it would lead to a five-month long battle with the Office of Student Conduct about whether or not they had violated the University’s alcohol policy. “We were innocent by their own terms, and then they decided to throw out their terms,” said Todd Miller*, Pratt ‘16 and a senior member of AEPi at the time.
dukechronicle.com By Claire Ballentine
Show me the money! Starting this fall, all incoming freshmen and transfers at the University of Maryland will have to undergo a bystander intervention training in person…And they’ll pay for the privilege of doing it. The university already added six new Title IX-related positions and the Title IX office budget jumped by more than half between its first and second year, reaching $1.01 million. Its director has called cross-examination in sexual-misconduct proceedings “harassment,” and she has previously admitted that extra funding for her office would not result in fewer rapes.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Laura Kipnis, the Northwestern University professor who faced down a Title IX investigation after writing an essay about sexual relationships between students and professors, is now being sued for defamation. The lawsuit contends that Kipnis’s book misrepresents ‘Jane Doe’ as “litigious.” But how is that a misrepresentation? Doe has used both the Title IX process, and a lawsuit, to adjudicate her dispute with Kipnis…There’s a sense in which this lawsuit actually proves the central ideas of Kipnis’s book – that sexual paranoia pervades the modern university campus, where messy relationships are treated like assault, women are presumed to lack agency when it comes to consent, and tribunals are seen as the solution to every dispute.
reason.com By Robby Soave
Two Michigan State University students ‘Nathan and Melanie’ began a consensual sexual tryst in the backseat of a car in 2014. A passerby interrupted them, and Melanie revealed that the incident brought up unpleasant memories of a previous abusive relationship. Later that night Nathan tried to resume the encounter, but stopped after she rejected him. Sixteen months later, Melanie who now identifies as a man – made a formal complaint to MSU officials for the “one-time, non-consensual touching.” Melanie cited being transgender as a key reason for coming forward, and claimed to fear encountering her ex-lover in the male bathrooms…“The so-called sexual harassment is not really sexual harassment. The breast touch occurred in the summer, off campus, the school was not in session, it had nothing to do with the school – Title IX does not require you to take cases when they don’t involve the school.” Deborah Gordon, Nathan’s attorney
foxnews.com By Hollie McKay
A former student is suing Vanderbilt university alleging he was wrongfully expelled three days before his planned graduation a year ago. The plaintiff “Z.J.” alleges that Vanderbilt officials violated his rights of due process and equal protection after he was accused of sexual assault by a female student. The university’s investigation found Z.J. at fault and expelled him; an internal appeals board upheld the findings and expulsion. ZJ’s lawsuit claims the investigation was biased, that the alleged victim’s testimony was inconsistent, and that the spotlight on the administration following the much-publicized rape trials might have affected the university’s decision to expel him. ZJ is seeking $10 million in damages, in addition to an expungement of the assault, an admission of fault by the school and a conferring of the plaintiff’s degree.
nashvillescene.com By Cari Wade Gervin
He’s innocent…Following a day long trial, a jury took thirty minutes to acquit Zimbabwean student Ezra Zigarwi who had been accused of rape and aggravated sexual battery by a fellow female student. The following month, Zigarwi also was cleared at an on-campus sexual misconduct hearing and he has since re-enrolled at the school. That same month he filed suit against the female who wrongly accused him. Zigarwi’s suit alleges that after his acquittal, his accuser intentionally published false statements about him on social media and in an online petition. He also seeks to restrict the defendant from making statements about her allegations, and asks that she be forced to remove any online statements or posts about it. In an amended complaint filed Tuesday Zigarwi’s suit claims defamation and negligence and asks for $500,000 in damages.
roanoke.com By Neil Harvey
A University of Dayton student referred to in court documents as John Doe alleges he was wrongfully suspended for two years following a night of consensual sexual activity with a fellow student and athletic trainer. Like so many other young men on college campuses, John was put through the wringer. Without the ability to properly defend himself, John was suspended from the university for two years and lost his appeal. He is now suing the accuser on two counts of defamation and suing Dayton for breach of contract and violating his rights under Title IX to be free from sex discrimination. In a move I have not seen before, John is also suing the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM), a consulting firm that charges colleges big bucks to teach them how to implement adjudication policies that have led to many lawsuits from accused students. It’s not clear how much Dayton has paid NCHERM, but the group held a conference in 2011 that cost $2,500 a head and netted $425,000. One of the investigators Dayton hired for this case was Dr. Daniel C. Swinton, who worked for NCHERM. He went to Ohio to conduct the investigation. John alleges NCHERM was a third party to his injustice and is suing them for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and negligence.
thefederalist.com By Ashe Schow
A UCF male student expelled last year over allegations he raped a female student after a night of drinking is fighting in court to return to school. “I didn’t do this,” he testified at his school discipline hearing, I want my student life back.” Prosecutors did not pursue a criminal case against the male student because of problems with the accuser’s credibility and a missing key witness. The male passed a polygraph test. According to the lawsuit filed against UCF, the man said the sex was consensual and that she made up the allegation because her boyfriend had caught her cheating on him. The man also disputed the fairness of his hearing because he was not allowed to bring up her previous sexual assault allegations against his roommate…Since late 2015 at least three others -a Rollins lacrosse player, a UCF ROTC cadet and a UCF freshman – have sued after they said they were unfairly punished for sexual assault allegations they denied committing. The courts rejected one case while two are still pending.
orlandosentinel.com By Gabrielle Russon
A former Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was acquitted in separate trials last year of rape, alleged in a federal lawsuit that his expulsion by the school’s disciplinary board violated his constitutional right to due process. Jose Aponte, 24, of Philadelphia seeks unspecified civil damages against the university and IUP officials. The lawsuit alleges that Aponte’s Hispanic heritage contributed to his treatment and resulted in a “smear campaign” against him. “Aponte was deemed guilty from the moment of his arrest, and the stories of his accusers were taken as gospel because of their sex and prevailing stereotypes, even though the accusations made against Aponte were not true. The (disciplinary) hearing was simply a formality…by virtue of this suspension, Aponte was barred from finishing his finals and attending graduation.” He is asking the court to order IUP to confer upon him a Bachelor of Science in criminology.
triblive.com By Paul Pierce