May 26, 2016

ASHE SCHOW: Double Jeopardy At Berkeley Law.

College campuses seem to be hostile environments for the rights of the accused. Now we’re starting to see professors denied due process the same way students often are are.

University of California Berkeley law professor Sujit Choudhry was accused of sexual harassment because when he showed support for his executive assistant, he would hug her and kiss her on the cheek.

This was unacceptable to her, so she reported him. A settlement was reached and Choudhry was punished. But when the school came under fire for the accusation — and UC President Janet Napolitano herself came under fire for mishandling sexual misconduct complaints — Choudhry was subjected to a new, second round of punishment and investigations.

Choudhry resigned in mid-March after the second investigation was launched. Had he not, he could have faced being fired.

If clever conspirators on the right set out to destroy higher education from within, they couldn’t do better than higher education is doing on its own.

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