05-18-2018 12:27:15 PM -0700
05-17-2018 08:38:50 AM -0700
05-11-2018 07:34:04 AM -0700
05-09-2018 10:17:16 AM -0700
05-04-2018 02:59:17 PM -0700
It looks like you've previously blocked notifications. If you'd like to receive them, please update your browser permissions.
Desktop Notifications are  | 
Get instant alerts on your desktop.
Turn on desktop notifications?
Remind me later.

Stretch, grab a late afternoon cup of caffeine and get caught up on the most important news of the day with our Coffee Break newsletter. These are the stories that will fill you in on the world that's spinning outside of your office window - at the moment that you get a chance to take a breath.
Sign up now to save time and stay informed!

Colleges Spent $60 Million Defending Against Title IX Assault Investigations

For some time, I've beaten the drum about the damage Title IX abuse causes its victims. One young man recently committed suicide after being railroaded. However, it's important to remember that the schools are heavily burdened, too -- and that hits students and parents right in the wallet.

A tremendous amount of money is being spent to deal with this out-of-control, vindictive behavior by the Department of Education:

The American Council on Education, an organization of 1,600 college presidents, has called the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights a “ Star Chamber” that railroads colleges unfortunate enough to come under Title IX investigation.

Under its last chief, OCR probed even those incidents that did not spark a federal complaint, subjecting schools to long and costly “institution-wide” investigations that practically ordered them to mistreat accused students and favor accusers.

Some accusers get massive settlements. One University of Oregon student got $800,000 and full tuition.

The results of a new survey by insurance group United Educators show just how expensive OCR’s threats and bias in favor of accusers have been for colleges.

They have lost $60 million responding to sexual-assault allegations over 10 years, and the average cost of an accuser’s claim is $342,000, according to United Educators’ new Title IX risk management service, Canopy Programs.

Accusers get massive settlements, while male students accused of impropriety are denied due process and see their futures callously destroyed.

This $60 million is money not being spent on education, scholarships, or support for those victims whose accusers were found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Thanks to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), schools are disincentivized to seek out truth and justice. Instead, they are rewarded for taking the accuser's word and persecuting the accused through a Sharia-like justice process.

That doesn't mean colleges are blameless in this.