“Kiss kiss kiss, you are super handsome,” she wrote in June, and later, “You are a sexy man” and “It was so nice sleeping with you.”
mobile.nytimes.com By Emily Bazelon
Dept.of ED. Title IX,
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
The latest lawsuit states that the expelled student is “one of many new victims of a capricious and unjust new Sexual Misconduct investigation and adjudicatory processes sweeping the nation. Colleges and universities are pressured by federal funding to overestimate and over prosecute instances of alleged sexual misconduct.”
www.cleveland.com By Karen Farkas
People often wonder why college administrators try to adjudicate these fiendishly difficult cases, rather than putting them in the hands of the criminal justice system.
www.nytimes.com By Judith Shulevitz
Under pressure from the federal government to take action on sexual assault…Occidental College has found a student “responsible” for sexual assault despite the fact that police refused to charge him with any crime and text message evidence indicates that both parties consented to having sex. “Disregard for due process on campus, prompted by mandates from the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, has predictably led to unjust results,” said FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley.
An examination of sexual assault claims reported by colleges and universities…These cases often involve little or no forensic evidence, delays in reporting, alcohol use, and differing accounts of consent.
…it is critical that our representatives in Congress rely on credible statistics and substantiated data when drafting legislation with the potential to destroy lives.
dailycaller.com By Dianna Thompson and Cynthia Garrett, Families Advocating for Campus Equality
FACE Condemns Senator Kristin Gillibrand for Honoring Emma Sulkowicz at State of the Union
Families Advocating for Campus Equality (FACE), a not for profit organization that advocates for fairness and due process on our college campuses, condemns Senator Kristin Gillibrand’s (D-NY) for honoring at the State of the Union on January 21, 2015 Ms. Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia University student whose allegations of rape by a fellow student were proven to be unfounded.
By welcoming Ms. Sulkowicz to sit among our nation’s leaders on this solemn occasion, Sen. Gillibrand, like Ms. Sulkowicz, signaled her willingness to ignore basic considerations of fundamental fairness, due process of law, and gender equality fundamental to Title IX, the law that oversees sexual misconduct on campus.
Since Ms. Sulkowicz failed to establish any wrongdoing, she has resorted to defaming and pressuring her fellow student who remains presumed innocent as a matter of law to leave school under duress in violation of Title IX’s confidentiality and retaliation rules.
Senator Gillibrand is sworn to uphold the rule of law, and she is one of our nation’s leading spokespersons on the issue of sexual misconduct. That she would lend the imprimatur of her high office to vigilantism is beneath the dignity of the oath she has taken and raises significant concerns about her ability to legislate in this area with any semblance of fair-mindedness.
While FACE and other concerned organizations and citizens are working to improve upon Title IX and its tribunals, a civil society at a minimum has to abide by its standards and decisions. Ms. Sulkowicz’s personal vendetta treads on the rights of her fellow student and Sen. Gillibrand’s choice to honor Ms. Sulkowicz is offensive to our most sacred values.
www.facecampusequality.org Press release from FACE
The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event… our detour into madness might never have happened had those investigative journalists at NPR and the Center for Public Integrity resisted their “nightmare” narrative and just reported the truth.
www.thedailybeast.com By Christina Hoff Sommers
At some point, very recently, due process ceased to be a liberal cause celebre and instead became viewed as an impediment to social justice — at least when the accusation is of rape.
www.washingtonexaminer.com By Ashe Schow
It wants to reject all previous experience of relations between the sexes and substitute a new status for women in our society unknown in any previous society. Universities are now responsible for maintaining the happy situation in which a woman never receives a proposal that offends her because it is unwanted and thus makes her feel vulnerable.
www.hoover.org by Harvey C. Mansfield