an article published by
StarTribune, two students at the University of St. Thomas who returned to a dorm lounge
after attending a party were caught retreating to a small bathroom where
they engaged in sexual activity. The situation that followed drew the
university into a legal battle and high-conflict national debate over
the role of universities in monitoring accusations of
After the male student was suspended for sexual assault, he filed a lawsuit
against the university, stating that he was suspended without a fair hearing
and without an attorney present at his side. According to the report,
this is only one of many lawsuits across the United States asserting that
universities are infringing on the rights of accused individuals in an
effort to prevent on-campus rape.
Many of these unfair efforts are a direct result of colleges who are becoming
overzealous in abiding by Title IX in order to prevent a loss of funding
from the federal government. Under
Title IX, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be
excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected
to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance.” When student sexual assault or sexual violence
allegations occur, universities are required to conduct disciplinary hearings
and punish any students who violate campus sexual consent policies.
Because the federal government has threatened to halt funds to any school
that fails to respond aggressively to reports of sexual violence or assault,
many colleges have implemented unfair disciplinary processes, which, in
turn, have caused many students to be expelled from college and to become
labeled as sex offenders without having a fair shot at defending themselves.
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