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Helen Smith

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November 2, 2012 - 5:29 am

I have been reading Greg Lukianoff’s new book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate on the violations of free speech on campus. The book goes beyond free speech to show how campuses are making criminals out of students who have done no wrong. In one chapter, Lukianoff looks at the lack of due process in sex cases on campus and finds that sexual harassment now includes “the broadest possible range of everyday activities” and makes us all guilty of sexual harassment. Campus judiciaries “have been pressured to lower due process standards for those accused of sexual assault and to broaden the definition of sexual misconduct.”

Naturally, most of the cases in point in the book are men. One in particular is Caleb Warner who was kicked out of school and banned from every North Dakota state campus for three years after he was found guilty by a campus tribunal of sexually assaulting another student. The police investigated and filed charges against the accuser for filing a false police report about the assault. Warner asked for a rehearing but was denied until FIRE got involved and exposed the University North Dakota in the Wall Street Journal. Imagine sending your son off to college not realizing that he has fewer rights on the college campus than a criminal in your state or federal court. But that’s the reality in today’s PC colleges. Get this book, read it and pass it on to your son as he heads to college. He needs to know what he faces as a male on the college campus.

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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