Public Records and the Occidental Sexual Assault Controversy by Robert Shibley
Last Friday afternoon, I received an email from Tyler Kingkade, an associate editor at The Huffington Post who has been covering the issue of sexual assault on college and university campuses. Kingkade was asking about FIRE’s case at Occidental College, where a student was found “responsible” for sexual assault despite the fact that the district attorney refused to charge him with any crime, and text message evidence indicates that both parties consented to having sex.
That student sued Occidental in February for what he feels is a wrongful guilty finding. Documents related to Occidental’s investigation of the student were entered as exhibits in his complaint back on February 13. Court filings are public records, accessible to anyone.