The Claremont Independent uncovered a March court order that found Sandra Vasquez (New Dean and Title IX Coordinator at Pitzer College) hid “material evidence” from a male falsely accused of “relationship violence” when she was associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The Independent said it also learned the Dept. of ED is investigating Vasquez’s alleged discrimination against the “low-income, minority student” as potential Title IX and Title VI violations. Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle’s order against UCSB makes Vasquez and other officials who handled the “John Doe” case sound almost like cartoon villains.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
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.
Most people think of Title IX in relation to women’s access to college sports, but in fact it mandates gender equity in all aspects of higher education. Under Obama’s DoE’s Office of Civil Rights, instructions were issued to all Universities (public and private) to agressively pursue sexual harassment/assault allegations under Title IX. Schools were given vague guidelines about how to proceed, and faced pricey compliance reviews if they showed insufficient vigor in ferreting out misconduct. But many Title IX cases have nothing to do with assault or sexual harassment. I learned this first hand when I unexpectedly faced a complaint last year.
quillette.com By Nicholas Wolfinger
Put on suicide watch, tried and convicted in absentia…A Texas A&M University cadet says he was suspended following sexual misconduct charges he never got to see – because he was hospitalized. A federal lawsuit claims “John Doe” was unable to “meaningfully defend himself” when Title IX investigators refused to reschedule a conduct meeting that would have revealed the specific accusations of his partner, with whom he had an open sexual relationship.“ At all times John Doe was deemed guilty” says the suit. “This extreme and severe sanction was not warranted in light of the lack of evidence.” When John was permitted access to a computer from in-patient treatment, he learned he had been found responsible on all charges: sexual contact, sexual abuse, dating violence and “Conduct Unbecoming a Cadet.”
thecollegefix.com By Kayla Schierbecker
Sexual assault charges against a former Davidson baseball player have been dropped due to lack of evidence. “My client did not assault the accuser in any way. Normally I don’t comment much in the press, but I feel I need to speak up about one thing: those were strange days earlier this year when college students marched, and a college president opined, against the American principle of the presumption of innocence. I am glad wiser heads prevailed.” Attorney Fialko.
wccbcharlotte.com By Amy Cowman
A U.S. district court judge has ruled former Liberty University football player Cameron Jackson can move forward with seven of the 18 claims in his lawsuit filed against the school and other defendants. The lawsuit seeks approximately $100 million in compensation for damages to Jackson’s academic and athletic career, as well as to his reputation. The lawsuit casts doubts on the accuser’s charges and alleges she acted maliciously, the response of Liberty and its employees was inept and that staff did not protect Jackson from on-campus harassment aimed at him by other LU students, which caused Jackson to stop attending classes.
newsadvance.com By Josh Moody
Attorneys for former USC kicker Matt Boermeester have filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to have his expulsion from the school overturned. Boermeester, who kicked the winning field goal in the Rose Bowl in January, was removed from the football team later that month after an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Zoe Katz, outside her home. The kicker was expelled in July after an investigation by USC’s Title IX office. Matt’s girlfriend, Zoe Katz called USC’s Title IX investigation “horrible and unjust.” She was adamant that she has “never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt.”
On a factual basis, the Amherst case is one of the most egregious since the Obama administration implemented its policy in 2011. The lawsuit revealed documents that the public almost never gets to see, such as the full investigative file, the transcript of the disciplinary hearing and other material from the campus process. As laid out in the legal complaint and subsequent filings, the controversy over the investigation has focused mostly on a string of texts that the accuser sent the night of the incident. The texts suggest that she had initiated the sexual encounter and that she was in search of a “good lie” to avoid fallout for having hooked up with the accused student, her roommate’s boyfriend. After the judge expressed strong skepticism toward Amherst’s investigation, the two sides came to a settlement.
washingtonpost.com By KC Johnson
Pennsylvania State University knows that it’s supposed to “believe the survivor,” but a federal judge just told the public university it has to verify her claimed evidence… John Doe alleged that Penn State refused to require his accuser to provide a written statement with specific allegations throughout the nine-month investigation, preventing him from giving an informed defense. Because the outcome of the proceeding depended on “credibility-based determinations,” the university was wrong to block “almost all” of Doe’s 22 questions for Roe. Judge Brann had particular scorn for Katharina Matic the Title IX investigator.
A Drake University student who was expelled for sexual assault despite evidence he was the party assaulted, received a win in court when a judge refused to dismiss his lawsuit. His accuser admitted during Drake’s campus hearing that she sexually assaulted him, performing oral sex without his consent. Yet she was never punished, while he was expelled based on her accusation.
thefederalist.com By Ashe Schow
The sexual assault charges brought against former Cornell basketball forward Xavier Eaglin ’19 in March 2016 have been dismissed. Although Eaglin no longer faces criminal charges, he will not be able to return to Cornell. After his arrest, Eaglin was dismissed from the basketball team and banned from campus. He spent seven days in jail before he was bailed out by his parents and then returned home. “We are just thankful justice prevailed and that we can start repairing our lives,” said Eaglin’s mother Clara Eaglin.
cornellsun.com By Anna Delwiche