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No Sex Talk Allowed

By May 15, 2013

What's the difference between an unwelcome request for a date and rape? Pursuant to the Obama administration's definition of sexual harassment, this is not an easy question to answer.

You have to read the administration's latest diktat to colleges and universities to believe it. In a joint letter to the University of Montana, (intended as "a blueprint" for campus administrators nationwide) the Justice Department (DOJ) and the Education's Department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) define sexual harassment as "unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature," verbal or nonverbal, including "unwelcome sexual advances or acts of sexual assaults." Conduct (verbal or non-verbal) need not be "objectively offensive" to constitute harassment, the letter warns, ignoring federal court rulings on harassment, as well as common sense. If a student feels harassed, she may be harassed, regardless of the reasonableness of her feelings, and school administrators may be legally required to discipline her "harasser...