CAMPUS CRAZINESS: Obama’s Campus Courts Ruin Lives Without Evidence
It’s your freshman year of college and you find yourself in a happy relationship. The relationship persists for almost two years before you decide to break up because you no longer feel a connection with your significant other. Months after you break up, your significant other files a complaint accusing you of sexual assault and harassment all throughout the relationship. With no opportunity to defend yourself, your school bans you from your residence, classes, campus job, and community advisor position, solely because of a two-sentence allegation that you engaged in sexual misconduct.
No, I didn’t make this up.
This is the story of a student at Brandeis University and he is not alone. Another student at James Madison University was accused of sexual assault by a female friend in 2014. Both appeared before a board of three professors, who after a fair trial found that the student was “not responsible” for the sexual misconduct and cleared of the charges.
However, after the end of the school year, his accuser filed an appeal and reappeared before a board without his knowledge or presence. This board overturned the previous ruling in its entirety, barring him from enrolling the following year. A clear violation of the student’s constitutional right to avoid double jeopardy.
James Madison University was only doing as they were told, per guidelines from the Obama era Department of Education.
In 2011, college campuses receiving federal aid (all of them except a handful) received an open letter from the Obama Administration forcing them to adopt policies that erode the due process rights of every student in America. One of these policies being that if a school allows the defendant to appeal a ruling, they must also allow the accused to appeal as well, a policy in direct violation of the fifth amendment’s barring of a person from being tried more than once for the same crime.
In case that policy was not good enough at churning out guilty verdicts alone, the prior administration also mandated that schools lower the burden of proof from “beyond reasonable doubt” to a “preponderance of the evidence,” meaning that the board has to only be 51 percent sure the crime was committed.
Since the “Dear Colleague” letter was issued, more than 50 students have filed lawsuits against their colleges and hearing boards complaining of discrimination, deprivation of due process rights, or a breach of contract.
The bottom line is this: college disciplinary boards were designed for cases of plagiarism and academic dishonesty, they are not capable of handling heinous crimes and felonies. An allegation of rape should be treated just as seriously as a case of murder, and belong in a court of Law, not a panel of college professors.
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