SMU Is Under Federal Investigation for How It Handles Rape Allegations

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On Tuesday, the White House released a report -- and a star-studded public service announcement -- aimed at reducing the estimated one in five women who is sexually assaulted during her college career.

"Colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape and sexual assault doesn't occur on their campuses," Vice President Joe Biden wrote in the report. "We need to provide survivors with more support and we need to bring perpetrators to more justice and we need colleges and universities to step up."

On Thursday, the Department of Education released a list of the 55 colleges and universities that most need to step up. Those schools, which include SMU, are under a federal Title IX investigation for over their handling of sexual assault complaints on campus.

See also: At an SMU Student's Rape Trial, Glimpses of the School's Secretive Justice System

Title IX is a 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination at colleges and universities that receive federal funds. It contains a provision holding schools liable if their response to a sexual assault "is clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances."

SMU's inclusion on the list probably shouldn't come as a surprise. The campus has come under heavy criticism for its use of "non-adversarial" on-campus hearings to adjudicate student-on-student assaults and an apparent reluctance to move cases into the criminal court system.

A task force formed in the wake of several high-profile sexual assault cases last year recommended tweaking how the school handles such cases, largely through increased student awareness.

The Department of Education investigation, it should be said, is not evidence that the school has violated federal law, just that the feds are looking.

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scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Well, that Craig James rape allegations sure disappeared???  QED

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The White House task Force results are coming under fire by experts in the field.  The "Task Force" survey was without "controls".  

"The report, which was authored by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, leads with the bizarre and wholly false claim that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while at college. The statistic, originally reported in a Centers for Disease Control report several years ago, is at odds with most other data relating to violent crimes, and has been repeatedly debunked by criminologists."

Agendized Radicalism now permeates every agency.  George Orwell once said, "Liberal—a power worshipper without power".  

And that is the essential difference between a Liberal and Leftist - the Liberal has been weaponized.


lebowski300
lebowski300

"SMU, only slightly more rapey than Florida State" Next year's marketing campaign?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Anyone remember?

I can't wait for SMU's spin on this...Well dere wasn't no babels in the room when we made these decisions.

And for a church affiliated institution. Jebus is so proud. And alums too. No doubt Laura Bush is gonna defend em. She has supported liars and coverups for years.

roo_ster
roo_ster

DoE prefers star-chamber like proceedings like many schools have nowadays with presumption of guilt, no access to counsel, and suchlike.


That SMU has not yet sunk to that level is commendable.



MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

On the list of 55 schools, the only Texas schools were SMU and UT-Pan American.

tdkisok
tdkisok

This is just a simple case of the University policing itself.....and we all know how that works with big industry........HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA......

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It may have changed, but when I attended SMU their police were a joke. They were paid to enforce nothing because so many students were children of donors. Its a very odd dynamic.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Who does SMU think they are?!?

the Catholic Church?

fred.garvin.mp.713
fred.garvin.mp.713

Hopefully public shaming by the Feds will light a fire under SMU's feet.

Sorry, my bad. That should be "under SMU's hooves."

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx  So, as a non-Liberal you are against protecting students from sexual assault.  Or, maybe your lot only wants to protect students from legitimate rapes.  Which is it?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

And big government

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx  

All sex is rape.  All men are rapists. - attributed to Andrea Dworkin, noted feminist.  However, in her defense she retorted, "Penetrative intercourse is, by it's nature, violent.  But I'm not saying that sex must be rape.  What I am saying is that sex must not put women in a subordinate position.  It must be reciprocal and not an act of aggression from a man looking to satisfy himself."

Of course, that flies in the face of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto:

"To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he’s a machine, a walking dildo." - Valerie Solanas (b. 1940), U.S. artist, writer. The SCUM Manifesto (1968). The acronym SCUM stood for “Society for Cutting Up Men.

What I am asserting is that the Task Force "survey" of college campii was steered.

Violent crime has plummeted in the last 20 years.  

“Since there are more than 12 million women now on campus, that would mean that up to  2.4 million of them either have been raped on campus, or will be before leaving,” wrote author KC Johnson at Minding the Campus. “So the White house is saying that the nation confronts a public safety problem of enormous proportions: a higher rate of violent crime (sexual assault is, of course, a violent crime) than the most dangerous urban areas in the country.”

Care must be taken that Radicalism, in this case radical feminism which has infected governance and the courts (Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg), does not strip the meager protections for falsely accused students altogether.  


P1Gunter
P1Gunter

The UNT police could write tickets or take you to jail. I presume SMU police could do the same. The point was they never did.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@holmantx @Myrna.Minkoff-KatzSexual assualt would also include exhibitionism, perverted phone calls, a quick grope and many other assults that don't rise to the offense of rape.  Your sophistry is running amok Holman

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx  

The President's agencies are headed by extremists.  He appointed this "task force" in January.  This is its first report.  

It is, on the face of it, extreme.  It is more than misleading.

It is a tool to foment political discord based upon a non-existing problem made up out of thin air.  

It is but one more chip in the game to defeat conservatism alone by making a ludicrous assertion, then (like you) attack as a War On Women anyone who questions it.

And there in lies the reason for the report.

and the reason for the racism charge.  

Fortunately, crying Wolf so many times (from the environment to Obamaphones) has its pitfalls.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx  Quoting extreme feminists and equating them to our female Supreme Court justices is laughable.  You're not establishing any sort of credibility here.

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