“The lower threshold as articulated in guidance in 2011 by the Office for Civil Rights provides the foundation for a likely outcome of responsibility.” It’s not about finding the truth, or administering justice. The purpose of the guidance is to make it more likely that accused students are found responsible, whether or not they have done anything wrong. OCR has tipped the scales in favor of alleged victims, because the lives of the accused matter less than the lives of the accusers.
reason.com By Robby Soave
Title IX, DoED OCR
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
A “rape culture” does not pervade our campuses. Nevertheless, our universities have curtailed basic civil liberties and perpetrated gross miscarriages of justice. Those who doubt due process has been degraded in college disciplinary proceedings should read “The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities” by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr. The authors of the indispensable “Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case” have once again performed an outstanding public service. In tale after harrowing tale, they expose “a system on our nation’s campuses in which accused students effectively have to prove their innocence, often under procedures that deny them any meaningful opportunity to do so.”
realclearpolitics.com By Peter Berkowitz
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
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