EMMA SULKOWICZ. MATTRESS GIRL ALLEGEDLY FILED FALSE RAPE COMPLAINT.
At my former university, the President, Ricardo Romo, sent word via our woman department head, that every accusation of a sexual nature would be viewed as true. There would be no appeal for a professor or student if he was accused. I’m living proof that POS Romo told the truth. Every accusation leveled at every white male faculty member resulted in the professor being punished, sometimes severely.
Karmic justice must have been at play because Romo resigned earlier this year after three WHITE women accused him of sexual assault. He blamed the women, claiming that white women just don’t understand Mexican men.
If Betsy de Vos prevails, males falsely accused of sexual assault will at least have a chance to prove their innocence. Likewise, female students will have a fair procedure for obtaining justice.
New York Times
ARLINGTON, Va. — Saying that the Obama administration’s approach to policing campus sexual assault had “failed too many students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that her administration would rewrite the rules in an effort to protect both the victims of sexual assault and the accused.
Ms. DeVos did not say what changes she had in mind. But in a strongly worded speech, she made clear she believed that in an effort to protect victims, the previous administration had gone too far and forced colleges to adopt procedures that sometimes deprived accused students of their rights.
The accused are generally male students who have been found guilty by universities even when the accuser is a loon, like Emma Sulkowicz.
“Through intimidation and coercion, the failed system has clearly pushed schools to overreach,” she said in an address at George Mason University in suburban Arlington, Va. “With the heavy hand of Washington tipping the balance of her scale, the sad reality is that Lady Justice is not blind on campuses today.”
Advocates for assault victims reacted strongly and swiftly, as did Arne Duncan, who was education secretary during most of the Obama administration.
“This administration wants to take us back to the days when colleges swept sexual assault under the rug,” Mr. Duncan said in a statement. “Instead of building on important work to pursue justice, they are once again choosing politics over students, and students will pay the price.”
It was Obama who always chose politics over the rule of law and fairness. Obama’s rules demonized primarily white males by setting up a system that said, “If she accuses, you’re automatically guilty.”
But Ms. DeVos’s remarks, delivered to a student chapter of the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers, echoed complaints by conservatives and lawyers for accused students that colleges were punishing students unfairly.
Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy for the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, noted that courts have reversed some punishments handed down by campus administrators.
“I think DeVos laid out a sensible, responsible approach to crafting a more measured policy that can better secure the rights of all involved,” he said.
In recent years, campuses across the country have been roiled by high-profile sexual assault cases. A scandal involving the Baylor University football team ultimately led to the removal of the school’s president, Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel whose work led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
A 2015 survey of students at 27 schools, commissioned by the Association of American Universities, found that nearly one in four women had complained of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Advocates for victims seized on the study, but as with similar reports, it was criticized by some for overstating the problem, and even its authors acknowledged that it had limitations.
One in four? If a male and female student get drunk and have sex, is that always rape if she later regrets her unwise decision? That’s where the one in four number partly comes from.
Though Ms. DeVos said she believed that accused students were often mistreated, she also said that victims were being ill-served by a quasi-judicial process that lacked the sophistication required for such sensitive matters.
Ms. DeVos repeatedly used the term “survivors,” a term often preferred by victims when speaking of sexual assault. And she also vowed that colleges would not return to the days when sexual assault complaints were ignored.
“One rape is one too many,” she said. “One assault is one too many. One aggressive act of harassment is one too many.”
But her remarks focused more heavily on the young men who, she said, were denied due process in campus proceedings, sometimes attempting suicide.
She referred to campus sexual misconduct hearings as “kangaroo courts” that forced administrators to act as “judge and jury.” Referring to scores of lawsuits filed by punished students, she said: “Survivors aren’t well served when they are re-traumatized with appeal after appeal because the failed system failed the accused. And no student should be forced to sue their way to due process.”
Any move would be aimed at revising or rescinding a 2011 guidance letter from the Education Department to college officials across the country. The letter required a tougher response to campus sexual-assault accusations under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in education, and it warned the colleges that federal funding would be at risk if they did not comply.
Most controversially, it asked schools to adopt a “preponderance of evidence” standard in evaluating accusations, a lower bar than many schools had previously used. In essence, schools would hold accused students responsible if more than 50 percent of the evidence pointed to their guilt. Previously, many universities had required “clear and convincing” evidence to substantiate an accusation, meaning that the claim is highly probable.
If Donald Trump himself were in charge of this mission to restore fairness and the rule of law, the firestorm of “p***y grab” accusations would be deafening. Betsy De Vos may be able to pull this off because she’s a woman.
Full speech. 30 minutes: