Male Students Losing Everything On Mere Accusation
If you're a criminal -- and there's sufficient proof of that -- you should be punished...by the legal system, that is, so you can't just run around and reoffend.
But if it's just a story of "he said"/"she said," you may still be guilty, but lacking sufficient proof -- sufficient in our legal system -- it's wrong for you to be punished.
Yet this is precisely what's been happening on college campuses across America. There's yet another story of that -- this time from Purdue.
Fatima Hussein writes in the Indy Star:
A male student filed a lawsuit this week against Purdue University saying a sexual misconduct investigation unfairly resulted in his suspension from the university and dismissal from the Navy ROTC program.
The unnamed student alleges that Purdue breached its contract, violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, discriminated against him on the basis of his sex and denied him his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.
According to the 69-page complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana Hammond Division, Purdue suspended the student based on allegations by an ex-girlfriend made three months after they stopped dating.
...During the time they dated, the female student alleges that during several nights when they slept together, the male student groped and fondled the woman while she was sleeping, without her consent. The complaint also states that he "chased her down a hallway" threatening to taser her. The two are named as John Doe and Jane Doe in the complaint.
While he was not formally charged with a crime, the male student was suspended from school for one full year and expelled from the school's ROTC program, according to the suit.
"This student's hopes and dreams to serve his country as a Naval officer have been destroyed as the result of false accusations by an ex-girlfriend and the Kafkaesque disciplinary process at Purdue University," said Andrew Miltenberg, the student's lawyer from New York law firm Nesenoff & Miltenberg. He is also represented by Philip Byler, from the same firm.
Miltenberg, who has represented more than 100 accused male students at colleges and universities, said "the male gender bias that exists at Purdue University and many college campuses across the country essentially assumes that accused male students are guilty until proven innocent."
"While he was not formally charged with a crime..."
Think of how sick this is. You are not a criminal in the eyes of the law (most likely meaning that there isn't sufficient evidence to try you for a crime), yet you have substantial punishments brought down on you -- of a life-ruining kind by a few people at a college.
This is terrible and needs to stop.
I hope a few of these students who've had this done to them sue the schools to the point where the schools start pushing back against doing this -- pushing back against the Department of Ed, the origins of the misuse of Title IX as a way to "get" men.
Yes, again, rapists should be punished. But if we don't have meaningful evidence, we need to err on the side of letting you go free -- and unpunished.