Paul Nungesser finally got justice last week. Columbia University announced earlier this month that it had settled the lawsuit filed by Nungesser. For universities, handling sexual assault is a matter of money. And so far the suits by those falsely accused have not been expensive or frequent enough to deter schools from these witch trials. Frankly it’s going to take some big lawsuits to change colleges’ calculations, and that’s why it’s a shame (but not an accident) that the amount of the Columbia settlement was undisclosed. The administration doesn’t want to encourage more plaintiffs to come forward at Columbia or elsewhere.
nypost.com By N.S. Riley
Title IX, DoED OCR
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
Many male students have confidentially reported that they had to deal with Title IX terrorism during their education at USC – which led them to experience ostracism, negative mental health, and dropping grades even in situations which did not lead to suspension and expulsion. The fact that there are eight lawsuits and an unprecedented Federal investigation should speak for itself; since many students fear retaliation and/or cannot afford legal counsel, this number is only a minor fraction of the male victims harmed by Kegan Allee’s campaign of terror…So the question is, why does USC sustain such a hostile atmosphere against male students despite so much legal trouble?
“Young college men that are wrongly accused are mentally harmed beyond belief,” says Alice True, founder of Save Our Sons “I know of many young guys who are immobilized by a false accusation. They’ve lost their education, their future, and their career dreams. They’ve let their families down, and even though they are innocent, the stigma of a false accusation lingers endlessly. Many guys are in therapy, they can’t get out of bed, they can’t cope with general life skills, they don’t trust women, and they can’t have a simple conversation with a woman.”
glamour.com By Lilly Dancyger
As Columbia University settles a case with a student found innocent of sexual assault, the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is now calling for OCR to return “to its role as a neutral, impartial, investigative agency…[because it] had descended into a pattern of overreaching, of setting out to punish and embarrass institutions rather than work with them to correct civil rights violations and of ignoring public input prior to issuing new rules.” That is, she will allow colleges to use a higher level of proof before finding someone guilty of a crime or offense. That’s not “enabling” sexual predation or excusing misbehavior, it’s making a flawed system better. There is no conflict between due process and treating victims of sexual assault with the care and consideration they deserve.
reason.com By Nick Gillespie
Things seemed to go okay during my son’s freshman year and by senior year he held several leadership positions within his Sigma Chi fraternity chapter and also one with the national organization. In one of his positions he was expected to report instances of hazing. He took his job seriously and was diligent, which caused some brothers to be upset with him…My son’s senior year began in September 2015 and what should have been an exciting time for him became a nightmare. Unfortunately, he would become the target of some vindictive brothers…
saveservices.org By Bobbie Wilson
There is a war going on to stop Betsy DeVos from rescinding Lhamon’s “guidance,” and that war is being fought by academics willing to sacrifice facts and scholarly credibility to intentionally lie to the public and convince them to fight any change to Lhamon’s radical and lawless shift of campus sexual adjudication…At the core of this agenda is the antithesis of all that comprises the fundamental basis of our legal system: blindly believe the accuser, assume the accused guilty, deprive the accused of due process and assure his guilt.
simplejustice.us By Scott Greenfield
How university and college administrations have dealt with campus sexual misconduct charges has become one of the most volatile issues in higher education, with many women saying higher education leaders have not taken their trauma seriously. But the Obama administration’s response sparked a backlash, not just from the accused and their families but from well-regarded law school professors who say new rules went too far.
nytimes.com By E. Green and S. Stolberg
Why isn’t Title IX being deployed to correct the educational disparity facing young men? In America’s high schools, girls outnumber boys in almost all extracurricular activities except sports. Currently, there are over 1 million more boys playing scholastic sports than girls. Thanks to terrible legal precedents set by politically motivated judges, schools must rely on a regulatory standard that is a gender quota to prove Title IX compliance if they want to prevail against expensive litigation. The result of this twisted interpretation of Title IX is that high school administrators will be forced to deny many male students the educational benefits of participation in sports in order to enforce an arbitrary gender balance in their athletic programs.
washingtonexaminer.com By Eric Pearson
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