College Administrators to DeVos: We LIKE Our Kangaroo Courts

October 12, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has rescinded Obama-era guidance on addressing accusations of sexual misconduct on campus that essentially set up kangaroo courts where the due process rights of the accused were eliminated.

 

But at least a dozen college administrators are defying DeVos and saying, in effect, "We like our kangaroo courts just fine." As an editorial in the Wall Street Journal this morning notes, these administrators are embracing a system that does not weigh evidence with an eye to ascertaining guilt or innocence and doesn't allow the accused to defend himself.

 

The editors observe:

 

It’s revealing that several campuses have responded with animus. But administrators don’t get to pick and choose which Department of Education guidance to follow, and schools in violation could lose federal funding or face Office of Civil Rights scrutiny.

 

Some recalcitrant universities are easy targets for Department of Education sanction. For instance, the University of Oregon insists that it already fairly and impartially adjudicates Title IX cases, so Mrs. DeVos’s guidance should have “very little, if any, impact on our current policies and procedures.”

 

But last December the Lane County Circuit Court overturned the university’s suspension of a student accused of sexual assault. That student is now also suing in federal court in Eugene, saying the university denied him due process and took “arbitrary, discriminatory and illegal actions designed to reach a predetermined action” against him.

 

Kathleen Salvaty, the administrator who presides over Title IX adjudication across all nine University of California campuses, says the system-wide practices “will remain in full effect.” She also claims the university’s Title IX policy already requires “equal rights for complainants and respondents.”

 

But this past summer, a federal judge in central California acknowledged plausible concerns that the university may have acted with gender bias and denied due process to an accused male student. Allowing the case against the UC Regents to proceed, Judge Stephen Wilson wrote that the unnamed student’s complaint “depicts the disciplinary proceedings as one-sided and against the weight of significant evidence” and “cast doubt on the accuracy of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings.”

 

Rape is a heinous crime and we want rapists punished to the utmost extent of the law, but we do not want to see innocent people unable to mount a defense. The number of convictions overturned in real courts indicates that this has happened all too often. Overturned convictions are expensive for colleges and universities.

 

Read more at: http://iwf.org/blog/2804912/College-Administrators-to-DeVos:-We-LIKE-Our-Kangaroo-Courts-

 

 

 

Please reload

Featured Posts

The Factual Feminist - Title IX and the scorched earth campaign against men's sports

June 25, 2014

1/8
Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

Follow Us

Proudly made by Wix.com

Contact us: 

National Coalition For Men Carolinas

P.O. Box 274

Sherrills Ford, NC 28673-7311

 

TEL: (828) 478-2281

ncfmcarolinas@yahoo.com  

 

Disclaimer: This website compiles information for distribution as a public service. The information distributed does not necessarily reflect the views of the National Coalition For Men Carolinas.The information contained on this website is strictly for informational purposes only and is not intended to represent legal advice.