Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View penned a much-needed column on Monday titled “UVA Should Help Police Catch Alleged Rapists — Now.” She points out that some have raised doubts about University of Virginia student Jackie’s story of her alleged rape by seven men at a fraternity party as retold in Rolling Stone by reporter Sabrina Rudin Erdely. McArdle says to herself,
“[W]ell, if there are problems with Erdely’s story, it will probably come out eventually, because there’s enough detail that can be checked.” But there’s a corollary to that: If the Rolling Stone article’s allegations are true, there’s also enough detail to put at least a couple of people in jail, and possibly the whole group, even if Jackie (the victim) is reluctant to assist the investigation.
In my TIME magazine piece on the case, also from Monday, I wrote about one of the very worst ramifications of handling rape accusations in campus faux-justice systems:» Read More
Today, Citrus College in California agreed to settle a student’s free speech lawsuit for $110,000, marking the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) second victory for the First Amendment in 24 hours.» Read More
A satirical column written by University of Michigan student Omar Mahmood and published last month in the independent, student-run publication the Michigan Review was apparently too much for the sensibilities of the campus newspaper The Michigan Daily, for which Mahmood also writes.» Read More
Yesterday, the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees approved a new sexual misconduct policy aimed at providing clarity and consistency as to how CUNY schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Though the policy is not, to FIRE’s knowledge, posted in full online, excerpts from the policy and news coverage indicate the following: one dodged bullet, notable procedural safeguards for accused students, and a provision to watch out for when the full text is released.» Read More
In a victory for free speech, the University of Hawaii (UH) agreed today to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by two students at UH’s Hilo campus.» Read More
Category: Press Releases
Schools: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Cases: University of Hawaii at Hilo – Speech Code Litigation
In TIME magazine’s “Ideas” section today, I argue that it has. The recent account in Rolling Stone of a chilling, premeditated, seven-perpetrator gang rape that allegedly occurred at the University of Virginia (UVA)—and that went unreported to police for two years—has led many to question how a major felony report on campus could go without serious (or, according to the article, virtually any) investigation for so long. The UVA case provides a stark illustration of the often-ignored downside of encouraging alleged victims to use the processes universities have set up to try to comply with Title IX:» Read More
New York magazine’s Frank Rich interviewed comedian Chris Rock for a piece published yesterday, and Rock took the opportunity to point out another sad result of college students “unlearning liberty”: talented comedians no longer want to perform on campus.» Read More
While hunting for bargains at your favorite online retailers today, don’t forget that purchases made through Amazon.com’s AmazonSmile program can help support FIRE! Simply visit smile.amazon.com, search for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and select us as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase price to FIRE at absolutely no cost to you.
This is a great way to tackle your holiday shopping and partake in the #GivingTuesday initiative at the same time. Not only will your loved ones love their gifts, but you’ll be helping the advancement of free speech on campus in the process!
You can also make a tax-deductible donation to FIRE using your Amazon account with Amazon Payments.» Read More
Category: The Torch
In a letter to the campus community last week, President Marvin Krislov praised the role of open discourse on campus and warned students that the academic environment at Oberlin College suffers when freedom of speech is stifled.» Read More
Swarms of shoppers will bustle through stores today for the kickoff to the biggest spending weekend of the year. Americans will spend their money in stores today, they’ll spend online on Cyber Monday, and hopefully they—and you—will give money to a great cause on #GivingTuesday.
We at FIRE hope that you will choose to support our mission and further liberty on campuses nationwide this Tuesday, December 2. No matter your preference, there is sure to be a convenient way for you to join in this global day of giving by making a tax-deductible gift to FIRE.» Read More
Category: The Torch