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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:
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:
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.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…