After a college football coach dared to stand up for 10 black players’ legal rights, a mob of at least 3,000 has petitioned for the University of Minnesota’s president and athletic director to fire him. Such is today’s campus witch-hunt culture. Coach Tracy Claeys committed the heresy of questioning whether UMinn’s Title IX adjudication denied his players due process, and supposedly enlightened liberal activists now want him charred at the stake for it.
nypost.com Jillian Kay Melchior
Title IX, DoED OCR
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
The outgoing administration is giving defenders of due process a giant middle finger on its way out. Obama appointed the outgoing head of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Catherine Lhamon, to a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Lhamon is the last person you want defending the civil rights of Americans, particularly any group that is considered marginalized…Harvard’s first universitywide Title IX coordinator, Mia Karvonides, was just hired as OCR’s enforcement director. She has a record of conflict with people who actually care about fair procedures in high-stakes adjudications.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
No longer content to deny due process to university students facing often unsubstantiated or false accusations of sexual harassment and assault, activists now aim to destroy any hope for them to transfer to other colleges and universities…Speier’s bill arrives at a time of growing recognition that college campuses have already lost credibility in their handling Title IX violations. Under the policies that many colleges have implemented, accused students are not given copies of the incident report or other evidence against them, and not allowed to call witnesses on their behalf. On many campuses, they are denied full legal representation and the right to cross-examine witnesses. The bill would create a new “check the box” requirement specifically for the transcripts of the (mostly) male students who have become ensnared in Title IX’s ever-expanding net for campus “sex crimes.”
nationalreview.com By Anne Hendershott
Incoming Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows recommended that the Trump administration roll back 2011 campus sexual assault guidelines that “deny the often-innocent accused basic due process rights.”
usatoday.com By Paul Singer
Today, any unwelcome comment to a female student from a male student, or faculty member is grounds for a Title IX investigation. University of Kentucky’s TIX coordinator ruled that the professor who sang “California Girls,” included ‘language of a sexual nature’ and was offensive.” Although there were no student complaints, the professor was refused due process—as is the case for many accused males in Title IX cases. In most cases, accused students are not given due process -they are denied a chance to respond to allegations, they are not informed of their options for resolving the complaints, they are not given copies of the incident report or other evidence against them before the hearing, they are not allowed to call witnesses on their behalf, and they are often denied legal representation.
mindingthecampus.org By Anne Hendershott
This is the one year anniversary of the Fox documentary that focused on three college males who were falsely accused. First, Occidental’s John Doe speaks about meeting Jane Doe, their night of sex and his TIX hearing when he was denied all rights. Second, Paul Nungesser’s lawyer speaks about his case. Paul was found innocent by Columbia and Law enforcement, but Paul was slandered viciously by celebrity seeking Mattress Girl. Third, University of Tennessee’s Corey Mock speaks about his TIX injustices. Eventually a court of law overturned UTC’s injustice. Here is the 41 min. documentary.
The problem with the Minnesota boycott isn’t really that the boycott failed. It’s that the Minnesota football players did not realize they’d picked the wrong case to stand up for. There is a widely known phrase in the law that essentially defines this case: “Bad facts make bad law, and good facts make good law.” The problem is that high-profile bad cases tend to drive bad laws. Given how much media attention this case has received, that could be very bad for due process on campus.
washingtonpost.com By Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser
Former Baylor football recruit Jeremy Faulk, who was kicked off the team remains uncertain about his future, even though a Title IX investigation involving him at Baylor has been suspended, and apparently will never see resolution. Faulk had NFL aspirations when he arrived at Baylor as an All-American junior college transfer. Faulk learned from his attorney, Richard Tate, that his Title IX case at Baylor has been dismissed. From Tate: Baylor has already “successfully imposed upon him the Title IX equivalent of the death penalty by forcing his withdrawal from school,” adding that the delay in getting answers would leave him with no NCAA eligibility.
kwtx.com By Julie Hays and Mikel Lauber
The feds tried to fix discrimination and instead created a regulatory Tower of Babel. Between the bureaucracies, the consultants, and the university offices that have expanded, people now speak of a ”Title IX industry,” — one that is absorbing large amounts of resources but not doing anything to actually educate students.
usatoday.com By Glenn Reynolds
Football Player’s Father: “It’s just been a total shock, it’s almost like I’m in the movies or the ‘Twilight Zone.’ Ray’s a strong kid, but obviously you’re frustrated. You feel like you’ve put this behind you…The police have cleared you and found that you were telling the truth. The prosecutor’s office has cleared you and found you were telling the truth. And the judge has cleared you, and this group [the EOAA] comes in and says they were all wrong.”