Despite the Trump administration overturning Obama-era guidance regarding Title IX’s applicability on sexual assault cases, many universities still ignore due process when it comes to male students. This is also despite several universities losing lawsuits for enforcing the Obama-era guidance.
Now, for their obstinance, Yale University finds itself embroiled in yet another lawsuit. A male student alleges his two-semester suspension was the result of gender bias at the university.
As PJ Media contributor Toni Airaksinen writes at Campus Reform: “The student — identified in the lawsuit as John Doe — was suspended for two semesters after he was accused of groping two female students. He is the fourth male student to file suit against Yale alleging gender discrimination since 2011.”
Doe was apparently accused by two supposedly long-time friends of groping them. However, the suspicious behavior started almost immediately. For example, the two complaints were filed just minutes apart. Further, the two women were communicating via text message during the hearing in what the lawsuit contends was “an obvious attempt to present consistent and unified testimony.”
Like so many other Title IX hearings, Doe did not start with the presumption of innocence he would enjoy in a court of law. Further, the school apparently ignored evidence that the two girls were colluding to coordinate their testimony, which sounds like more than enough grounds to dismiss their claims.
While no one wants to see sexual assault on college campuses, this failure to recognize due process is the exact wrong way to take the matter seriously. Innocent people are being railroaded. The progressive activists who run college campuses these days can’t recognize that due process leads to justice.
The grown-ups need to start calling the shots on campus again. It’s not in colleges’ long-term interest to keep pushing this nonsense, as well as all the other progressive nonsense ruining college these days. Make no mistake, students and parents know the role of the student isn’t to run the university. Success and prosperity will return to these colleges when the quality of the product is great again.