Title IX Attacks Male College Students

, Malcolm A. Kline, 3 Comments

Young men considering college may want to look at safer pastimes, like race car driving. Colleges are hell-bent on penalizing the male gender.

So far their efforts have not held up in court, yet.

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“In four recent cases, judges have overturned sexual assault findings by campus disciplinary committees,” Gina Lauterio of Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) noted late last month. “In each case, the judges ruled the college proceedings lacked necessary due process protections. As the new academic year begins, these judicial decisions highlight the need for renewed focus on fairness in college sex assault cases, SAVE says.”

“In the most recent case, federal judge Norman Moon ruled that Washington and Lee University created a climate of gender discrimination that served to ‘railroad’ students who are wrongly accused of sexual assault. The judge concluded the university’s bare-bones adjudication process ‘plausibly support a Title IX claim’ by the plaintiff. See Doe v. Washington & Lee Univ.

“In a landmark case, Judge Carol McCoy ruled that the affirmative consent standard used by the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga was unfair because the rule ‘erroneously shifted the burden of proof’ to the defendant, robbing the student of his due process rights. McCoy noted that “requiring the accused to affirmatively provide consent… is flawed and untenable if due process is to be afforded to the accused.”

“In mid-August, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien barred the University of Southern California from expelling Bryce Dixon, a football player who was expelled on an allegation of sexual assault. The judge found that that the university’s sexual assault adjudication process was fundamentally unfair to accused students.”

“And in July, Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman overturned a decision to suspend a University of California-San Diego student based on an allegation that consent for sex had not been obtained. Concluding ‘the hearing against petitioner was unfair,’ Judge Pressman found serious procedural flaws in the university’s handling of the case.”