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.
Dept.of ED. Title IX,
Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights related to Title IX
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
Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it’s becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.
www.usatoday.com By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Southern Methodist University violated Title IX when it failed to provide a “prompt and equitable response” to the alleged sexual assault of a male student by another male student in 2012, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.
www.insidehighered.com By Jake New
There are approximately 12 million female college students in the U.S. (There are about 9 million males.) I asked the lead author of the study, Christopher Krebs, whether the [College Sexual Assault Study] represents the experience of those millions of female students. His answer was unequivocal: “We don’t think one in five is a nationally representative statistic.” It couldn’t be, he said, because his team sampled only two schools.
http://www.thecollegefix.com By Greg Piper