Yale University denies it was trying to make an example of former basketball captain Jack Montague when it expelled him over a sexual assault allegation. The school filed its formal response late Friday to Montague’s federal lawsuit, which accused the Ivy League university of punishing Montague over what he believes was consensual sex. Police and the local prosecutor have said no criminal allegation was ever made against Montague.
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.
As we await final resolution of the first due process trial since issuance of the Dear Colleague letter in 2011 (at Brown), a few updates…the basics of the case: the accused student was found guilty on a theory that he had manipulated the female student into having oral sex. This outcome came after: the Brown panel used a broader definition of consent, Brown’s investigator declined to request from the accuser the full range of texts, and Brown had changed its sexual assault procedures…Among the updates, the most important: Judge William Smith, issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the accused student. The decision, which Smith had telegraphed at closing arguments, allowed the student to enroll this fall.
academicwonderland.com By KC Johnson
Frostburg State University in Maryland was found in violation of Title IX…one of the most notable findings was that using “common sense” and “reason” are considered violations of Title IX, the anti sex-discrimination statute that is used to force schools to adjudicate felony sexual assault. Frostburg is so afraid of losing federal funding that they will accept OCR’s letter and alter their policies — which usually result in more accused students getting expelled with little to no evidence. Frostburg has already adopted OCR’s recommendations and will reinvestigate years worth of accusations, because double jeopardy isn’t a thing on college campuses.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Auburn University dismissed running back Jovon Robinson—formerly the No. 1 junior college player in the country—after a female student accused him of assaulting her. But Robinson never assaulted anyone. His purported victim made it up entirely. The woman now readily admits to fabricating the allegation out of spite, she was angry at Robinson for making her leave his room…Says Title IX coordinator ‘really wanted to make it a big deal, after I told her basically that I lied.’
reason.com By Robby Soave
To get the attention of a male student, Jackie Coakley lied about being raped at a fraternity party. Rolling Stone then published Jackie’s lies resulting in vicious violent attacks on Phi Kappa Psi. To correct this injustice, the fraternity sued. Recently a Virginia judge denied Rolling Stone’s attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity. Circuit Judge Richard E. Moore said in his decision that the statements made about the fraternity in the now debunked UVA rape story could reasonably be considered defamatory and the lawsuit can move forward.
A new Illinois law will do a lot to tip the scales in favor of those making accusations of sexual assault on campus. The law requires schools to provide trained confidential advisers available to those making accusations in order to inform them of their rights and reporting options. No such adviser is available for accused students so that they can learn their rights or what they can do to defend themselves from false accusations. The news conference made it clear what the state of Illinois is to do: Find more accused students responsible.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Yale University continues to impose sanctions on students and faculty even when they are not found responsible for sexual misconduct. In contrast to previous reports, this one has totally scrapped details on complaints that didn’t result in investigations, though it continues to list such complaints in statistical tables. The move suggests that Yale does not want to provide information that might cast doubt on the suggestions that the university is experiencing an unprecedented crime wave.
thecollegefix.com By Matt Lamb
The bizarre procedures of Yale’s sprawling sexual assault bureaucracy may well be the worst in the nation. Reports issued by Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler don’t provide much detail, but with each new report, we see more clearly a campus environment characterized more by witch hunts than a pursuit of justice.
mindingthecampus.org By KC Johnson
On Oct. 1, a new state law goes into effect in Virginia that, when a sexual assault is reported to college officials under Title IX, a referral to local law enforcement is triggered. That the college remains part of the official Title IX structure in sexual assault matters is still problematic for us. It mandates an educational institution assume the duties and responsibilities of a quasi-legal system. Dealing with harassment of students is a college’s duty; dealing with criminal sexual assault is not.
University of Oregon claims depriving accused athletes of due process is needed ‘to keep women safe’
The University of Oregon is facing a multimillion-dollar payout if it can’t convince a federal judge in Eugene that black student athletes don’t deserve due process if someone accuses them of rape. The school was in court for three hours trying to get the single consolidated suit by three ex-basketball players dismissed. In arguments before Judge Michael McShane, the school seemed to say it can do whatever it wants to protect female students. Judge McShane will take several weeks to rule because he’s reviewing police reports among other documents.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper