Allegheny College recently settled the federal civil-rights lawsuit brought by “John Doe”…Doe alleged that Allegheny consistently kept him in the dark throughout the 2015 proceeding. “Allegheny engaged in a pattern of conduct and employed methods, including arbitrary deadlines, unreasonable notice, and unfairly withholding information, which violated its own policies, all of which denied John a meaningful opportunity to defend himself against Jane’s false claim,” and gave him no “meaningful appeal” of his expulsion, the most severe sanction a college can impose.
Court wins, settlement agreements, positive legislation
A University of North Georgia student is in jail after she made up a story that she was raped during an evening run, the sheriff’s office said. Cellphone logs and video surveillance showed Lim “had falsely reported that she had been raped on the Reservoir Trail and further indicated she was never at or on the Reservoir Trail during the time she alleged the crime had occurred,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Sherry Warner Seefeld’s son was found to be innocent after being accused of sexual assault. The woman who accused her son was charged with lying to police. It took more than a year before before his school, the University of North Dakota, agreed to let him back on campus…Now she’s on a mission to help other families in that same “horrific” spot, as the co-founder and president of Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE), a support group for the accused.
startribune.com By Maura Lerner
The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a U.S. District Court decision, the panel ruled Friday that a former athlete’s suit against Columbia University, which suspended him for a year for “sexual assault: nonconsensual sexual intercourse,” may go forward based on his claim that university officials acted with anti-male bias, in violation of Title IX.
washingtonpost.com By Fred Barbash
One of the things about this rape culture ideology is this argument that constantly gets made: that by questioning the existence of a rape culture, you are perpetuating rape culture…It’s an extremely circular argument, and it reminds me a little bit of arguments that were being made during the Salem Witch Hunts.
A Cathy Young Interview allthink.com
COURT ORDERS LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY TO HALT EXPULSION OF STUDENT IN TITLE IX SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CASE
Riverside, CA – La Sierra University has been ordered to stop the expulsion of an international student pending court review of the university’s Title IX sexual misconduct disciplinary process. The stay order, issued July 15, 2016 by Riverside Superior Court Judge John D. Molloy, allows the student to stay enrolled and register for classes for the Fall term. John Doe, as student is identified in court records, claims that the university sought to expel him and to revoke his student visa status on May 10, 2016, without any hearing and without identifying the witnesses against him or disclosing any evidence to him. A court hearing on John Doe’s appeal is scheduled for September 16, 2016.
Over 4,100 colleges and universities, with 20.6 million undergraduate and graduate students, are impacted by efforts of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to withhold federal education dollars in order to compel colleges and universities to address sexual violence on their campuses. According to court filings, La Sierra University, a private college founded by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, receives some $30 Million in federal education funds annually.
Case is filed as John Doe v. Marnie Straine, Interim Title IX Coordinator, et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC 1606115.
CPI launched an initiative to combat false reports of sexual assault and the overcriminalization of sexual conduct. The program aggregates research on the rate of false accusations of sexual assault, noting that it is the second-most-common crime of which people are wrongfully convicted. The program places particular emphasis on the state of due process protections for those who are accused of sexual assault on college campuses. washingtontimes.com By Bradford Richardson
The student, identified as John Doe in the lawsuit he filed in late 2014, was expelled after an investigation in which he was not allowed legal representation or cross examination…John and the university have “compromised and settled all matters in controversy,” according to new documents filed in the case.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
San Diego State University has agreed to pay $10,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit filed by a former student who said he was suspended and wrongly accused of sexual assault. Besides the monetary award, the settlement states three employees would be sent to a Civil Rights Investigator Training and Certification course. Attorney Lombardo, who represented Sousa in his first lawsuit against SDSU, said the request for training was an attempt to prevent others from being wrongly accused. “If they’re going to identify an offender, they need to do it in a measured, thoughtful and methodical way,” he said. Sousa said he did not seek a large monetary settlement because he did not want taxpayers burdened with the cost. “No amount of money can compensate for what I went through,” he said. “My main objective was to vindicate my name.”
An administrative review has upheld UNC-Chapel Hill’s investigative finding that there was no violation by a suspended UNC football player accused of sexual assault. In a short statement Friday, Kerry Sutton, the attorney who represents Allen Artis, said the university’s original finding had been affirmed by Gena Carter, an administrative reviewer chosen by the university.
newsobserver.com By Jane Stancill