There is an entire community of mostly male college students devastated by fake accusations of assault and crappy campus tribunals. In 2013, three mothers founded a non-profit organization called Families Advocating for Campus Equality, or FACE for short. Today, FACE serves as a wealth of information and resources for all wrongly accused students and their families. A quick read through of FACE’s horrifying testimonials reveals lives that have been utterly dismantled by fake accusations. Abuse is abuse. If we stand up for victims—we stand for all victims. And these young men are no doubt the victims of a meddling and unconstitutional campus tribunal system and the liars who bring their accusations to them. It is time for the young men falsely accused of sexual assault to be heard.
theblaze.com By Natasha Pascetta
DoED, TitleIX, OCR
Articles specific to Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Title IX
Serving on a panel that hears Title IX sexual-assault complaints on college campuses sounds like a full-time job. Faculty and students complete a course on sexual assault, the nuances of consent and trauma-informed questioning. Schools lament that this training is time-consuming and costly, but they have only themselves to blame. Sure, the federal government imposes requirements today, and Obama’s DoED pressured colleges to stack the deck against students accused of sexual harassment or assault by denying them the right to due process, but it was colleges that started us down this road. Disciplinary panels were set up in the ’60s to adjudicate violations of schools’ honor codes, but these panels experienced “mission creep” and started hearing cases of actual crimes.
In 1999, Silverglate & Kors documented how colleges across the country had created disciplinary systems that violated students’ due-process rights. Per Silvergate, “College administrators won’t use the real criminal-justice system because they cannot control it, the process would be fair and hence the desired result could not be guaranteed.” As Taylor and Johnson write in their book The Campus Rape Frenzy, “Nothing in the experience of most academics prepares them to competently investigate an offense that’s a felony in all 50 states.” In 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said, “One person denied due process is too many…Due process either protects everyone, or it protects no one. The notion that a school must diminish due-process rights to better serve the ‘victim’ only creates more victims.”
Asking a student with a communication disorder to interpret subtle, or even not-so-subtle, signals is akin to expecting a student with a visual impairment to read a “No Entry” sign on a door and then faulting the student for walking through it, or holding a hearing-impaired student accountable for not exiting a building during a fire drill that involves only an audible fire alarm…Colleges are already using Title IX investigators and hearing officers without experience in student conduct, but they run into legal problems when these officials shirk their Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a devastating nightmarish train wreck when Title IX warriors, blinded by their Manichean vision of helpless victims and toxic masculinity, set their sights on autistic students.
IF ONLY We Listened to Christiana Hoff Sommers in 2015: The Media Is Making College Rape Culture Worse
The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event. It all began in 2010. That year, reporters at NPR teamed up with Center for Public Integrity (CPI) to produce and promote an “investigative reporting series” entitled “Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice.” The report was a jumble of highly selective reporting and dubious statistics, as we shall see. But the reporters spread the news far and wide and no one thought to question their accuracy. The NPR/CPI team not only exaggerated the number of victims, it promoted the idea that any male undergraduate implicated in a campus sexual assault is likely to be an incorrigible repeat offender… Our detour into madness might never have happened had those investigative journalists at NPR and CPI resisted their “nightmare” narrative and just reported the truth.
thedailybeast.com By Christian Hoff Sommers
Yale University has been the subject of three lawsuits and two federal investigations since 2011 that center on the university’s ability to examine claims of sexual misconduct. Yale has been sued by three men who claim Yale’s sexual-misconduct committee discriminated against them based on their gender or denied them their due-process rights. The highest-profile case is a suit filed by Jack Montague, a former varsity men’s basketball captain expelled during his senior-year second semester. Another male filed a federal suit against Yale and simultaneously filed a complaint with the DoEd’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging Yale discriminated against him in a misconduct hearing because of his gender.
These lawsuits, and the potential for more, pose a threat to Yale.
businessinsider.com By Abby Jackson
It would likely be considered unseemly for a newspaper [[NY Times] to put out a notice that it would like to publish a story about a particular identity group being victimized. After all, newspapers report news, not create the news they want to report. Today, there is a more social media perspective, where one sniffs the air for the stench of outrage and then solicits the stories that emit the desired odor… And create a story where none exists. This has become a staple of campus Title IX accusations of sexual misconduct. Today it is entirely legitimate for a woman to reconsider consensual conduct at the time such that it morphs into misconduct in retrospect. Often this comes when a friend, or gender studies prof, explains why their consent wasn’t really consent.
simplejustice.us By Scott H. Greenfield
John Doe finally got a measure of justice in his battle with the University of Notre Dame. The Catholic university settled the male student’s sex-discrimination lawsuit for expelling him. According to Judge Philip Simon, the university’s TitleIX investigation into Roe’s claims was severely lacking. Notre Dame’s TittleIX missed the fact that after Roe filed her complaint, the parties had a “near daily discussion” that included sexually suggestive texts and pledges of love from Roe. Roe also kept her text messages with Doe after they broke up and selectively released them to the investigator, showing only those that “placed John in a very bad light and without context.” The judge portrayed their constant texting as normal relationship behavior, and not threatening behavior as Notre Dame portrayed it.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Since 2011 Obama’s Department of Education, instructed universities to get involved in any and all sexual conduct between students. Obama’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter presented universities with an ultimatum: create Title IX kangaroo courts to adjudicate claims of campus sexual assault, or face an end to all federal funding. Universities were encouraged to abandon in their systems the protections Americans enjoy in the court system when accused of criminal acts, including the right to effective counsel, cross-examination of witnesses, object to false or prejudicial evidence, and a high standard of proof. The schools complied. Today hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by the falsely accused for due process violations etc., and as the courts continue to find that the Obama era 2011 sex rules are indeed unconstitutional, universities continue to be inflexible. If President Trump wants to reverse the damage done by the letter, he’ll have to do more than simply revoke the letter.
Princeton’s Title IX proceedings offer less procedural fairness and fewer due process protections than the Honor system does. The Honor Committee utilizes a higher burden of proof to determine if a violation has occurred than does the Title IX panel. The Honor Committee also requires that a higher percentage of its members vote to find a student responsible for the student to be convicted than does Title IX. FIRE recently issued a report on due process that gave Princeton a ‘D’ rating for the lack of due process and fairness in its handling of sexual misconduct cases. For all of the same arguments about fairness, justice, and the possibility of disparate impacts on different University populations that students made in favor of Honor Code reform, the fundamental unfairness of Princeton’s Title IX proceedings is deeply troubling.
Ohio’s Oberlin College boasts a conviction rate for students accused of sexual assault that would make Vladimir Putin blush. A lawsuit filed last year by a student expelled from Oberlin reveals that every student who went through the college’s formal sexual assault adjudication process was found responsible on at least one count. William A. Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School said the conviction rate “calls into question whether Oberlin’s sexual assault hearings amounted to nothing more than show trials in which the accused were presumed guilty.”
washingtontimes.com By Bradford Richardson