“It feels like your entire world is crashing down around you.”
“It strips you of your future.”
“I attempted suicide.”
That’s how Jonathon Andrews, a former Hanover College student, describes the impact of being falsely accused of sexual assault in late November 2015. Andrews, 23, is fighting back as an advocate for the falsely accused. Perhaps now, more than ever, Andrews and others have Washington behind them in the person of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
cincinnati.com By Kate Murphy
Dept.of ED. Title IX,
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
Students in University System of Georgia institutions are getting more due-process protections in campus sexual-assault proceedings, following recent legislative attempts to protect the wrongly accused. In cases that could result in suspension or expulsion, colleges will have to notify the university system itself. Accused students will get written notice of the complaint and allegations and the right to remain silent “without an adverse inference resulting,” among other safeguards. Because “due process is the standard now,” Rep. Earl Ehrhart is convinced that “false allegations won’t have a place to survive.”
thecollegefix.com By Jorin Burkhart
This month, thousands of college students are heading back to school, but we wonder how many will be destroyed by biased Title IX sexual misconduct hearings. Accused college students are denied fundamental due process rights such as witnesses appearing on their behalf, the introduction of exculpatory evidence, and the ability to question or cross examine the accuser’s account. Equally troubling is that, with young lives hanging in the balance, attorneys are often barred from participating in university Title IX hearings. We need the Dept. of ED to issue regulations that give students access to consistent, clear, and transparent processes that provide fair and equal treatment to both parties and ensure impartiality in the investigation.
washingtonexaminer.com By C.D. Mock
The Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Fordham University-Rose Hill has reportedly been placed under investigation. Mr. Rodgers upset RAs by showing videos depicting the views of the political right and left on campus rape. Rodgers played the trailer for “The Hunting Ground” as an example of the left-wing perspective, juxtaposed with a video from conservative educational platform PragerU. Rodgers allegedly brought female students to tears by presenting the political debate over campus sexual assault. For the act of sharing two different viewpoints Mr. Rodgers is facing a Title IX investigation.
freebeacon.com By Rachel Frommera
A Title IX investigation resulted in Matt Boermeester’s dismissal from the football team and left Zoe Katz fearful—of the school, not her boyfriend…Zoe Katz, a 22-year-old college student, waited six months to go public with her side of the scandal that’s darkened her senior year at the University of Southern California. She waited not because she fears retribution from an abusive partner, as her school’s Title IX office reportedly insists. But, by her own account, because she was (and remains) afraid of recrimination from the Title IX office that investigated and suspended her boyfriend, a member of the football team, for “abusing” her—an allegation she firmly denies. “I want to be very clear that I have never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt,” she wrote in a two-page statement
weeklystandard.com By Alice B. Lloyd
The Claremont Independent uncovered a March court order that found Sandra Vasquez (New Dean and Title IX Coordinator at Pitzer College) hid “material evidence” from a male falsely accused of “relationship violence” when she was associate dean of students and director of judicial affairs at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The Independent said it also learned the Dept. of ED is investigating Vasquez’s alleged discrimination against the “low-income, minority student” as potential Title IX and Title VI violations. Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle’s order against UCSB makes Vasquez and other officials who handled the “John Doe” case sound almost like cartoon villains.
thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper
Most people think of Title IX in relation to women’s access to college sports, but in fact it mandates gender equity in all aspects of higher education. Under Obama’s DoE’s Office of Civil Rights, instructions were issued to all Universities (public and private) to agressively pursue sexual harassment/assault allegations under Title IX. Schools were given vague guidelines about how to proceed, and faced pricey compliance reviews if they showed insufficient vigor in ferreting out misconduct. But many Title IX cases have nothing to do with assault or sexual harassment. I learned this first hand when I unexpectedly faced a complaint last year.
quillette.com By Nicholas Wolfinger
While Know Your IX and FIRE disagree on several major points, the State Policy Playbook released by Know your IX demonstrates an understanding that the status quo is unfair for both accused students and complainants. The playbook recommends schools guarantee a number of rights for students that would leave them better protected against inaccurate findings of responsibility than they currently are at many institutions. And despite our several policy differences, it is refreshing to see a group whose mission centers on survivor advocacy also acknowledge that all students are disserved by the status quo and should be guaranteed certain basic rights in order to ensure a fair hearing.
thefire.org By Susan Kruth
“Recently, Inside Higher Ed published a story regarding the University System of Georgia (USG) that contained significant misinformation about the USG’s Title IX and student conduct policies. As the Title IX Administrator for the University System of Georgia, here is my response to set the record straight regarding our commitment to campus safety and to ensure consistency and quality in student conduct investigations across the University System.” -Kimberly Ballard-Washington, associate vice chancellor USG
It is not often that the veil of university Title IX procedures is lifted, but when it is, as described in Zoe Katz’s heartfelt letter regarding her Orwellian experience at the University of Southern California, the public captures a glimpse of the dystopian inner workings of a system designed to “help” victims of sexual assault.
washingtonexaminer.com by Cynthia P. Garrett and Alison Scott