Memo to DeVos: Roll Back the Title IX Madness

Imagine for a moment you’re the male student at Amherst College, who, after a night out drinking with friends, accompanied a fellow student back to her dorm room. While you’re blacked out, she performs oral sex on you. Nearly two years later, she accuses you of sexual assault—and you’re expelled.

Before you object: That actually happened a few years ago. So, how are you feeling right about now? Confused? Wronged? Not keen on celebrating your “male privilege,” that’s for sure. Such injustices occur far too frequently and hang over the heads of male college students like a dark cloud.

I should know. I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; the fear among my male peers of being falsely accused is palpable.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Candice Jackson, the acting assistant education secretary for civil rights and herself a sexual assault survivor, echoed that sentiment. She said that many of these cases “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’ ” She had to apologize for the remark.

But there’s good news: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems keen on getting justice right.

Read the rest at the Detroit News


About Deion A. Kathawa

Deion A. Kathawa is an attorney who hails from America’s heartland. He holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is a 2021 alumnus of the Claremont Institute’s John Marshall Fellowship. Subscribe to his “Sed Kontra” newsletter.

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6 responses to “Memo to DeVos: Roll Back the Title IX Madness”

  1. It was bad enough having the woman compare you to other guys when I was in college 30 years ago. Now if a girl gets mad at you, you get kicked out of school. No Justice for men these days. Just like divorce court, they always take the woman’s story over the guy’s story.

  2. Although I agree strongly that the “Dear Colleague” letter was outrageous and should be rescinded, let us also remember that even in its absence there is no requirement for higher ed institutions (well, at least private ones, anyway) to provide due process for those accused of sexual transgressions. What IS needed is legislation specifying that no such institution may take any action against a student unless the crime is reported to law enforcement authorities. Beyond that, high school seniors and their parents should conduct due diligence in choosing a college and find out in advance how such “rules” are enforced. Any student dumb enough to attend someplace like Amherst then deserves whatever happens to him. Let the market sort it out.

    • What IS needed is legislation specifying that no such institution may take any action against a student unless the crime is reported to law enforcement authorities.

      Exactly. Colleges are not embassies. Rape is a felony and ought to be treated as such, always. If a student were accused of murder, he wouldn’t be tried by some college procedure, but by the local district attorney. This entire issue should not be so difficult to manage, either intellectually or procedurally.

  3. This should not be that hard for DeVos. Title IX has served its purpose and accomplished the intended results. When the disease has passed, you stop taking the medicine. The Title IX regime has been re-purposed, as a ploughshare beaten into a sword, and is now no more than a weapon in the hands of congenitally hostile and resentful women.

  4. Gee, if only they’d worked a little harder, they probably could have found a less flattering photo of Secretary DeVos. Well, maybe not.

  5. Be celibate or turn gay for the entire time you’re at college. Better than having your whole life ruined by some pussy.