California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed legislation Sunday that would have made California the first state in the U.S. to have a mandatory minimum punishment in college sexual assault cases…Brown said it shouldn’t be up to states to decide what kind of punishments college administrators dole out.
Dept.of ED.Title IX, OCR
Articles specific to Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Title IX
Two male students who were suspended from Salisbury University in Maryland can continue to litigate their claim that the university’s flawed disciplinary process was the product of gender bias.
“Occidental violated John Doe’s rights and/or Title IX (protections) in part because Occidental knew or should have know their actions would have an adverse impact on male students alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with a female student and were deliberately indifferent to this impact,”.. The complaint states that colleges and universities have been under pressure from the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to address sexual violence on campus or face the withholding of federal education money.
Activists on at least two college campuses are upset that their universities aren’t showing the “epidemic” levels of sexual assault the activists believe exist…Activists’ beliefs don’t line up with reality, and they’re not happy about that.
washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
If the April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter is not binding as these officials state, why is the Department of Education claiming that institutions violate Title IX if they do not conform with the letter’s terms? Why is ED forcing institutions to change their policies to meet the demands of the letter when it enters into settlement agreements with institutions under investigation?
thefire.orgBy Joseph Cohn
…beginning with a 2011 Dear Colleague Letter…OCR has issued tons of additional “guidance” that schools must follow, some of it harmful to both victims and wrongfully accused people. That has triggered a vast expansion of university Title IX bureaucracies.
mindingthecampus.org By Hans Bader
On today’s college campuses, anything deemed offensive can be used as a weapon against college men in accusations of sexual assault and harassment…Kimberly Lau, a lawyer who has defended wrongly accused students in more than 40 cases, released a statement…
washingtonexaminer.com Bu Ashe Schow
There is a battle being waged in Congress over a law called the Safe Campus Act, which is intended to restore a measure of due process to campus sexual assault and rape adjudications. It would blunt the efforts of the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to turn its mandate under Title IX into an overarching requirement to eliminate all vestiges of a sexually hostile environment on campus.
blog.simplejustice.us By Scott Greenfield