A Kenyan man filed a $3 million federal lawsuit against BYU, alleging that administrators favored his female accusers when they expelled him to shield themselves from accusations that they fail to protect women from sexual assault. The suit claimed the university denied him due process rights that he believed would have exonerated him of all wrongdoing. The dean of students suspended and then expelled ‘Mr. Doe’ in 2013. The lawsuit asks the court to order BYU to give him an A in every class during semesters affected by what it calls false, inaccurate and misleading accusations. It also requests that the court order BYU to list him as a student and employee in good standing.
deseretnews.com By Tad Walch
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.
Due process is under attack on college campuses across the country. Colleges and universities seem too quick to want to expel accused students rather than assess the facts and understand that they might not be dealing with incorrigible criminals but rather students who can be saved. Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, seems to understand this. “This situation is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to have any student expelled with a lack of due process,”
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
The accused student contends that he did “obtain affirmative consent for sexual activity, no matter how awkward it was,” and she verbally agreed. His suit characterizes the female as being more of the sexual aggressor, noting that she did not request his consent for sex acts she performed on him. The accused contends that the investigation was biased against him because he was prevented from fairly challenging her contentions of what happened that night and that she retreated from her initial allegations.
m.startribune.com By Walsh & Zamora
“A stunning mix of advocacy journalism, amateur psychotherapy, and blatant misrepresentation.” Ed. Bartlett Below are some of the most pertinent brief excerpts. At several points, Erdely made clear–despite later suggestions in response to the Phi Kappa Psi lawsuit against Rolling Stone–that her article would target the fraternity.
academicwonderland.com By KC Johnson
History buffs will recall that the Star Chamber was used in England in the 16th and 17th centuries to crush political and religious dissent. The Founding Fathers regarded the secret and arbitrary Star Chamber as so unfair that they crafted many of our constitutional protections precisely to avoid its abuses. And yet, centuries later, Yale’s University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct employs procedures eerily similar to those of the Star Chamber… Yale’s tribunals are less fair to the accused than even the dreaded Star Chamber.
wsj.com By Jennifer C. Braceras
The sexual misconduct policy was amended this semester to specifically prohibit students and advisers from copying documents from the adjudication or investigative processes. “Copying” not only includes audio recording, photographs and scanning, but also “transcribing” – suggesting that students aren’t allowed to even take notes. FIRE’s guide says the “absence of a record makes both appeals and lawsuits against the university for wrongful actions far more difficult.”
saveservices.org By Peter Maxwell
Men are scared of women on campus now, and fear breeds anger and prejudice. Women are frustrated by men, which inspires a lack of desire to collaborate for solutions. “I have male friends who want consent and sobriety written in writing before any physical intimacy, and they’re getting laughed at by their female companions.”…”In a sense, it’s annoying and debilitating to be constantly questioned about whether or not I have agency and am a sexual human being.”
heatst.com By Alexandra Villarreal
Eramo is seen reading some “mild” hate mail she received. “Dean of rape …God will have his day with you and hold you accountable” – “you’re a despicable human being,” Eramo is suing Rolling Stone and Erdely for the way she was portrayed in the article.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
Lawsuits are accumulating across the nation brought by students who say they were unfairly disciplined for sexual misconduct by colleges and universities. And increasing numbers of judges are finding their complaints sufficiently valid to move forward. What makes the case so unusual, compared to others that have come before the courts and are public, is the sheer number of important procedural protections denied to the accused. In most cases, courts have found one or two things wrong, for example, inadequate access to witnesses or a failure of a school to adhere to the letter of its own written procedures...In this case, the OCR found virtually everything wrong and, therefore, a violation of Title IX’s protections against discrimination.
washingtonpost.com By Fred Barbash
An upcoming ABC News segment is impacting evidence at a defamation trial against the publication set to begin on Monday.
hollywoodreporter.com Eriq Gardner