Young innocent accused college men describe traumatic investigations, and the aftermath of their shattered minds and lives. “Can you imagine coming out to your family under the pretenses you’re accused of sexual assault and you’re found guilty? During the investigation, I knew my family would be there to support me, but I could not imagine coming out to them twice: first, as an alleged rapist and second, as someone who is gay.
thedailybeast.com By Emily Shire
Title IX, DoED OCR
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
The Obama administration was a boon to the nascent industry of Title IX consultants. The University of Virginia spent half a million dollars on a single law firm to investigate how it handled the soon-discredited gang-rape allegations by Jackie Coakley that Rolling Stone “reported” with no scrutiny. It spent another $660 and $550 per hour for two lawyers from a different law firm “to help revise campus policies in the wake of the article and to advise on the university’s response to a continuing federal investigation.”
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
This story is one for the history books…It was the summer of 2014 when two Michigan State University students, “Nathan” and “Melanie” agreed to meet and have sex. About a year later, Melanie began taking hormones in order to transition to a man. Her transition was one of the reasons she filed a Title IX complaint against Nathan, 16 months after the incident. “Transitioning was one of the driving elements for why I reported, because I felt uncomfortable using the men’s restrooms in my residential college, for fear that I would encounter him.” After months of costly appeals, what is Nathan’s sanction? A no-contact order along with a finding that Nathan violated MSU’s policy on sexual conduct. His transcript will forever state that he was guilty of an unspecified sex offense.
reason.com By Robby Soave
The Chair of the Decision-Making Panel with Tuft’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) revealed during a sexual assault misconduct proceeding that s/he was a victim of a sexual assault. The Chair of the Decision-Making Panel then proceeded to negate claims that were being made by one of the participants in the meeting and cited s/he own experiences as a victim as the rationale…OEO’s Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Process (SMAP) guarantees its participants that the Decision-Making Panel will consist of unbiased individuals.
Lawmaker Rep. Earl Ehrhart wants to limit the ability of Georgia’s public colleges to investigate and discipline alleged campus rapists. Ehrhart is worried about the lack of legal protections for those accused of sexual assault. In hearings last year, Ehrhart grilled officials from Georgia Tech. Several Tech students have sued, arguing they were forced out of the school unfairly after being accused of sexual assault. “I want to treat these crimes with the seriousness they deserve,” Ehrhart said. “But I am not going to sacrifice due process to get there.”
Every defender of due process rights should take heart. Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos was asked whether she would uphold the Education Department’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter regarding campus sexual assault. DeVos didn’t give a “yes” or “no” response, but instead said she knew there were “a lot of conflicting ideas and opinions” surrounding the document. “If confirmed, I look forward to understanding the past actions and the current situation better and to ensuring that the intent of the law is actually carried out in a way that recognizes both the victim -the rights of the victims – as well as those who are accused.”
watchdog.org By Ashe Schow
I am calling on Mother’s with sons to rise up and fight against the suffocating Title IX accusation persecution of college males. Title IX offers no protection for your son, and in this era of fake news college feminists want you to believe otherwise. There are NO RIGHTS FOR COLLEGE MALES to defend their innocence once accused.
Today is the day to contact these leaders, Betsy DeVos and Senator Tom Lankford. They will defend campus due process. They will reign in Title IX that masquerades as protection for your son. Title IX denies your college son due process rights and mothers you must rise up and stop the bleeding if you want your son to get his college degree.
Your voice counts. Call Senator Tom Lankford #202-224-5754. Say thank you for standing up to Dept. of Education’s illegal practices and for reigning in an out of control agency. This Senator Could Help College Regain Sanity
Until recently, Yale insisted that accused professors enjoy basic due process, including the rights to a public, recorded hearing; to legal representation; to present evidence; to question opposing witnesses; and to a presumption of innocence unless convicted by “clear and convincing evidence.” Today, however, Yale and other universities routinely ignore or limit these rights. Yale now adjudicates sexual misconduct proceedings in secret. The standard of proof is reduced to “a preponderance of the evidence,” the lowest possible bar. And Yale made these changes [in secret] without the formal consent or approval of its faculty…SOS Note: College males have never enjoyed due process at Yale or at hundreds of other colleges.
washingtonpost.com/opinions By Judge José A. Cabranes
Families Advocating for Campus Equality’s press release criticizing Obama’s last-minute efforts to reinforce Title IX overreach
January 9, 2017 – In recent weeks President Obama has made two key civil rights appointments in an apparent attempt to strengthen his administration’s ideological stranglehold over the issue of campus sexual harassment.
On December 15th, Obama appointed Catherine Lhamon, current head of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to the nonpartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a position guaranteed through 2020. As head of OCR, Lhamon co-authored and aggressively enforced the infamous April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), which coerced college and university campuses across the nation to adjudicate complaints of sexual misconduct on a “more likely than not basis,” while simultaneously constraining schools’ ability to provide procedural protections intended to ensure accused students are presumed innocent and disciplinary findings are reliable.
U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has repeatedly echoed the objections of members of congress, scholars, legal experts and various organizations by condemning the illegally-issued 2011 DCL for its failure to provide “essential protections” to accused students which, ‘“coupled with the requirement of a lower standard of proof, indisputably tips the playing field against the accused, making the disciplinary process anything but “equitable.”’
That Lhamon is personally biased against students accused of sexual harassment is indicated by evidence she “played a key role in the infamous Rolling Stone rape hoax,” which conveniently dovetailed with Lhamon’s preferred narrative that our nation’s campuses are hotbeds of depravity. Last week, OCR’s public list of open investigations of purportedly recalcitrant colleges and universities had reached 300, while students who appear to have been wrongfully accused continue to file lawsuits at the rate of at least one each week, and their success rate is improving. Hundreds of traumatized students and their families have sought support and guidance from FACE.
In an effort to guarantee continued enforcement of misguided and illegal OCR Title IX policies, on January 4, 2017, Obama appointed Harvard’s controversial Title IX officer Mia Karvonides as OCR’s head Title IX enforcement officer. Not only have Ms. Karvonides’ radical sexual harassment policies raised the ire of two dozen Harvard law professors who argued the policies “lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process,” and “are overwhelmingly stacked against the accused,” but Harvard students also criticized Karvonides’ explanation of “unwelcome conduct” as unintelligible. This is hardly surprising, as the Obama administration’s definition of “unwelcome conduct” is similarly vague and expansive (“name-calling, graphic or written statements”), and inexplicably instructs campuses to disregard whether or not a subjectively offensive act was intended to harm.
Not to be outdone, on January 5, 2017, Vice President Biden issued his own letter to the nation’s colleges and universities exhorting them to continue implementing the disastrous effects of OCR’s aggressive Title IX enforcement policies. Biden’s letter relies on the repeatedly discredited one-in-five-college-women-are-assaulted statistic, even as his linked January 2017 “Guide” cites a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics study which showed non-students of the same age group are 1.2 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than are college students.
As a representative of hundreds of students adversely impacted by the Obama administration’s ill-conceived campus sexual harassment policies, FACE urges congress to take immediate and decisive action to counteract any and all efforts to prolong enforcement of those policies, and to restore civil rights on campus.
FACE advocates for equal treatment and due process for those affected by sexual misconduct allegations on campus and to support those students and their families through outreach and education. www.facecampusequality.org
If you’re male and 18 and waiting anxiously for your acceptance at a college or university the authors of The Campus Rape Frenzy would undoubtedly have two words of advice: Don’t go. If you do go and then have sex, your partner can accuse you of rape if you kiss her or reach for her hand without her permission. She can say she was afraid of you when she did give permission and was coerced. She can claim that after a single drink she was under the influence of alcohol and therefore unable to give consent and can make these claims months after the fact without you being aware that she has made them. Think that’s scary? What happens next is even worse.
freebeacon.com By Bruce Fleming