Big Payouts For Men Claiming Discrimination In Campus Sex Assault Investigations

November 12, 2014

By Airtalk at KPCC

With heightened awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, a new report fromAl Jazeera America looks at how some men are fighting back against accusations. Using Title IX – a federal law aimed at preventing gender discrimination at colleges – men are suing schools claiming they were denied due process in campus proceedings.

Correspondent Christof Putzel cites a quantitative study that found from 2006-2010, of monies paid out by colleges in Title IX cases related to sex assault, 72 percent went to accused men rather than alleged victims. Advocate Robert Shibley argues that number illustrates due-process rights have been denied too often to alleged perpetrators. Title IX expert Erin Buzuvis disagrees. “Until recent clarifications to Title IX, victims have not had the same kind of recourse in law to address the ways in which their institution’s policy and procedures have let them down. So it is unlikely that they would have been on the receiving end of many judgements or settlements,” Professor Buzuvis says.

How does the process of sex assault investigations compare to the process of discrimination claims? How much money is getting paid in these cases and what is the source of the funds? Will recent changes to sex-assault investigations lead to fewer claims of discrimination?

Guests:

Christof Putzel, correspondent for “America Tonight” on Al Jazeera America

Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a leading voice for free speech and due process rights at colleges and universities.

Wendy Murphy, a former prosecutor specializing in sex crimes who now represents abused women and children. And a faculty member teaching sexual violence law at New England Law in Boston.