One of the strongest critics of the disciplinary process in the sexual misconduct case involving soccer player Ciaran McKenna has been Duke law professor James Coleman, Jr. Throughout the process, Coleman has made statements arguing that McKenna has been mistreated by the University’s disciplinary process. “I seriously doubt that the Office of Civil Rights, which I once advised as Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Education, would agree with the process that is being contemplated,” he wrote. “I hope the University will step in to avert this unfairness.” (The University did not step in to stop the unjust treatment of McKenna.)
dukechronicle.com By Gautam Hathi
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.
The student, identified as John Doe, alleges that he attempted to present evidence that made it clear his accuser was only angry because they were no longer speaking and wanted him expelled out of spite. He says this evidence and witness testimony was ignored by Allegheny. John also claims information was withheld from him during the investigation, and that investigators attempted to “coerce a statement from him in response to allegations that had not been fully disclosed to him.”
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
Males, get out of Mississippi. Leave and don’t look back. A bill in the Mississippi Legislature could codify a controversial federal mandate that could reduce due process rights for those accused of sex assaults at the state’s public universities and community colleges. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Democrat Angela Cockerham, would require the state institutions of higher learning to implement a comprehensive policy toward allegations of sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking that goes a step beyond one proposed by the federal government in 2011.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow and Steve Wilson
A judge has ruled that Cornell acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner by refusing to follow its own anti-discrimination policy, which caused the male accused student “actual harm.” Even though both students’ claims should have been investigated per Cornell policy, only Jane’s was looked into. John alleged in his complaint against Cornell that the investigator looking into Jane’s claims showed a clear bias against him. For example, the investigator asked “misleading, prejudicial and slanted questions only of John Doe,” and refused to require Jane and her witnesses to preserve and produce text messages that could have helped John’s complaint against Jane.
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
Judge Orlando Hudson issued a ruling on a preliminary injunction allowing a suspended men’s soccer player to remain at Duke. “He selected Duke,” argued his attorney “When he came to Duke after doing that research and deciding on Duke, he agreed that he would play soccer for them and live by their rules. And Duke has to live by the rules too.” Judge Hudson responds: “I also agree that he has established and carried his proof on his claims that his hearings were fundamentally unfair, the mandatory injunction will be allowed.”
dukechronicle.com By Frances Beroset
As per this Title IX lawsuit: A female college student walked into John Doe’s dorm room, jumped in his bed and came on to him. He was drunk. Both consented to mutual kissing and more. In the middle of [alleged] oral sex she asked him to stop. He did. He stopped. She cried assault. She actually believes she was assaulted, even though she initiated their contact, and he stopped when she asked. After a biased kangaroo court T9 hearing he was kicked out of Miami University for sexual assault. Currently John Doe continues to receive treatment for psychological and emotional trauma related to this false accusation.
A Texas Tech athlete, is asking a Lubbock court to reverse a decision by a Title IX hearing panel that found him responsible for violating the school’s code of conduct by having sex. He is suing Tech and university President Lawrence Schovanec, claiming his rights to due process were violated, and he is alleging there were “procedural and substantive errors that significantly impacted the outcome” of a Title IX hearing.
amarillo.com By Sarah Rafique
A former Allegheny College student has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school, claiming he was unfairly expelled after a sexual assault allegation was levied against him in 2014. “The college has punished ‘John Doe’ with its most severe sanction -expulsion and a permanent record of the alleged violation -with no credible evidence and as a result of a process that contains virtually no procedural safeguards for accused students and is permeated with gender bias,” the suit states.
goerie.com By Madeleine O’Neill
The University of Minnesota panel cleared four students, eased the sanctions on one player and upheld the punishments for the other five. “Green, McCrary, Shenault and Winfield Jr. are very pleased to be vindicated by the panel’s rulings,” attorney Hutton said. “The allegations against them were unwarranted and could have greatly harmed their bright futures. They look forward to putting this incident behind them and moving ahead in their academic and athletic pursuits.” Hennepin County authorities twice declined to charge any of the players, citing a lack of evidence, but Title IX accusation hearings carry a significant lower burden of proof.
Cheers go out to investigators at the University at Buffalo North Campus. A female student claimed she was sexual assaulted. The investigators were unable to find evidence to support her claim. The student admitted that her claim was false. Thank God this young girl realized her mistake in making a false accusation, and admitted her mistake before she could ruin an innocent young man. This is why due process and fact finding is essential when an accusation of an assault is made.
buffalo.edu By Kate McKenna