Skip to comments.'Why Have a Hearing? Just Expel Him' (Dartmouth College)
Posted on 02/15/2014 11:33:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
"Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?" That astonishing question was posed at a conference on how colleges respond to sexual assault issues by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth. According to Inside Higher Ed, Childress continued: "It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a privilege."
Give Childress credit for candor--even the campus spokespersons for increasing the number of guilty findings in campus tribunals usually aren't so bald in their disdain for basic principles of due process.
Childress' jarring remarks coincided with news that Dartmouth had promoted her, and given her additional power over the college's sexual assault policies. Last Friday, the college announced that Childress will head the newly-created Center for Community Action and Prevention, which Childress said would "be the focal point on campus for Dartmouth's sexual assault and violence prevention initiatives" and "drive the College's mobilization efforts around preventing sexual violence and increasing the safety and well-being of all members of our community." (All members, it seems, except students facing unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault.) Incredibly, Dartmouth theater professor Paul Hackett suggested that despite Childress' appointment, the college isn't going far enough on the issue.
To reiterate: one of the nation's elite colleges thinks it's a good idea to enhance the power of a figure who wonders about the propriety of expelling possibly innocent students based solely on an allegation.
Childress' remarks doubtless will resurface if Dartmouth, like nearly a dozen colleges and universities, faces a lawsuit from a student railroaded out of school after experiencing his school's brazen procedures. The latest such lawsuit came against Swarthmore, already infamous for a Title IX accusers' complaint on absurd grounds that its procedures (which include a prohibition on accused students from even talking about the case with an attorney) is too unfair against the accusers.
The Swarthmore lawsuit, first reported by Philadelphia, shares similar characteristics to suits filed against Vassar, St. Joe's, and Xavier--but with one interesting twist. According to the filing, the accuser waited 19 months to file her charges (she never went to police or had a medical exam); the weakness of her case was such that even Swarthmore's biased disciplinary system didn't bring charges against the accused students. But two weeks after the Title IX complaints, Swarthmore reopened the case--and within less than a month, had completed its investigation, held a hearing, and completed the expulsion. The lawsuit alleges that Swarthmore failed to respect what passes for due process on the campus; the student's attorney claims that Swarthmore didn't give the student a right to respond in writing to the charges, among other things.
I’m always struck by the fact that reported “sexual assaults” at colleges usually exceed actual criminal prosecutions for sexual assaults by about 40 to 1.
Maybe if Dartmouth tried being less licentious, it wouldn’t encourage such assaults so much. An ounce of prevention, and so it goes.
By "students" you mean female students, not male. You couldn't care less about keeping your male students safe from the false accusers.
If safety is to be considered a right it will mean the end of individual liberty.
Works for me. If a student doesn’t like a particular professor, just make an allegation and *poof* the professor is gone. Why have a hearing?
Idiots like this women make lawyers rich....
Unfortunately the Business Socialist types....who believe no one has the right to sue a business or establishment...foster this kind of hirings like at Dartmouth (and the unfortunate actions)
Agreed—the level of claims (and to some degree students putting themselves in situations that make them vulnerable to both SA and claims) on college campuses is way out of control.
All on campus crimes should be reported to and dealt with by the proper local authorities, not some kind of kangaroo process and court.
On the other hand, private schools should have the right to establish their own procedures for expelling students. Perhaps in our modern age there needs to be legal agreement signed by students before they attend schools, but we shouldn’t prohibit schools from including and excluding students as they wish.
Fascism is on the rise.Its a definite.
is it anywonder men are giving up on these o-called higher learning institutions?
women never lie. the allegation is more serious than the truth. we have profs at these places that teach men are evil brutes and all male-female sex is always rape.
if these places taught this stuff about women there’d be open revolt. if they treated women like they do men the feminists would shut em down.
I would like to see the reaction if they tried to implement a similar policy in say ... downtown Chicago or Detroit.
Whoever sends their son to Dartmouth or a similarly feminazied campus is crazy.
Whoever hires women from Dartmouth or a similarly feminazied university deserves what they get.
.. in the naive delusions of bleating nanny state sheep.
I wonder how many of these sexual assault claims are triggered by morning-after, hangover-induced recriminations. Or feelings of being used because, a few days later, the young man didn’t call, he didn’t text....
More proof that the radical feminists who’ve wormed their way into institutions of higher learning are really petty fascists. Enacting a school law that states that someone accused of a crime cannot solicit an attorney is such a gross violation of basic rights as to make the people who enacted the law subject to firing and being prosecuted themselves.
Right. Why have that pesky Fourth Amendment at all.
The woman is guilty I tell you. She is guilty of conspiring to seduce me. She’s your student and you must pay me for damages for attempted seduction
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