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Assault: What a Tangled Web

The messy campus adjudication of accusations of sexual assault appears to be getting messier. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

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As we previously noted, such suits are increasingly common:

Bloomberg is reporting that lawsuits brought under Title IX by male students are ongoing at Vassar, Xavier, Williams, Bucknell, St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross. Plaintiffs allege that slipshod campus judicial procedures are biased against men. Minding the Campus also reacts to Childress’ remark with disdain and describes a similar suit against Swarthmore. And an attorney and expert witness who normally works on the plaintiff side of sexual assault litigation describes why The University of the South (Sewanee) was found guilty by a federal court of negligence in improperly prosecuting a student for assault (John Doe v. The University of the South (Sewanee).

A similar suit was filed on Monday in federal court in New York against Columbia University.

In some ways, this debate appears to be spinning out of control. On Bored@Baker, a post about a silly accusation of rape has elicited an extensive student reaction:

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Finally, people like Megan McArdle, Heather Mac Donald and Thomas Sowell are coming to the conclusion that assault should be left in the hands of the police and the judicial system. The College’s Freedom Budgeters took the same position.


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