The Education Department Finally Crushes The Obama-Mandated Campus Sexual Assault Kangaroo Courts, And Joe Biden Is Deliberately Trying To Make My Head Explode

Shut up, Tara, I’m talking about how victims of sexual casualty are being silenced here!

This one was so clear that the New York Times decided to play it straight. Let’s see if the Biden campaign makes them change the headline: DeVos’s Rules Bolster Rights of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct. It begins:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday issued final regulations on sexual misconduct in education, delivering colleges and schools firm new rules on how they must deal with one of the biggest issues that have roiled their campuses for decades.

The rules fulfill one of the Trump administration’s major policy goals for Title IX, the 48-year-old federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in programs that receive federal funding, bolstering due-process protections for accused students while relieving schools of some legal liabilities. But Ms. DeVos extended the reach of the law in other ways, establishing dating violence as a sexual misconduct category that must be addressed and mandating supportive measures for alleged victims of assault.

Title IX had become a flash point in recent years after sexual assault cases rocked high-profile universities like Stanford and Duke, and serial sex abuse by staff at the University of Southern California, Michigan State and Ohio State demonstrated how schools had failed to properly investigate complaints. But enforcement of the law has also grown contentious, especially since the Obama administration issued guidance documents in 2011 and 2014 that advised schools to ramp up investigations of misconduct and warned that their failure to do so could bring serious consequences. Critics said schools felt pressured to side with accusers without extending sufficient rights to the accused. And dozens of students have won court cases against their colleges for violating their rights under the Obama-era rules…

The new regulations adopt the Supreme Court’s definition of sexual harassment as “unwelcome conduct that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive,” and they require colleges to hold live hearings during which accusers and accused can be cross-examined to challenge their credibility. The rules also limit the complaints that schools are obligated to investigate to only those filed through a formal process and brought to the attention of officials with the authority to take corrective action, not other authority figures like residential advisers.

Exactly. Ethics Alarms has covered many of these episodes, and pointed out the anti-due process aspects of the Education Department’s infamous “Dear Colleague” letter when it was issued. That sop to the militant feminist and anti-male wing of the Democratic Party threatened schools with adverse consequences if those accused of sexual harassment and assault were not presumed guilty, with their reputations and education at risk. The burden of proof was shifted on most campuses, with the accused, rather than the accuser, having the burden of proof.

Here are the key provisions of the new Title IX regulations. [You can find the entire new rule here. Based on the portions I’ve had the time to read (the thing is over 2000 pages) the summary below appears to be fair and accurate. News sources are making the rule   remarkably tough to track down. Why is that?]

The changed Title IX…

  • Defines sexual harassment to include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, as unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex
  • Provides a consistent, legally sound framework on which survivors, the accused, and schools can rely
  • Requires schools to offer clear, accessible options for any person to report sexual harassment
  • Empowers survivors to make decisions about how a school responds to incidents of sexual harassment
  • Requires the school to offer survivors supportive measures, such as class or dorm reassignments or no-contact orders
  • Protects K-12 students by requiring elementary and secondary schools to respond promptly whenany school employee has notice of sexual harassment
  • Holds colleges responsible for off-campus sexual harassment at houses owned or under the control of school-sanctioned fraternities and sororities
  • Restores fairness on college and university campuses by upholding all students’ right to written notice of allegations, the right to an advisor, and the right to submit, cross-examine, and challenge evidence at a live hearing
  • Shields survivors from having to come face-to-face with the accused during a hearing and from answering questions posed personally by the accused
  • Requires schools to select one of two standards of evidence, the preponderance of the evidence standard or the clear and convincing evidence standard – and to apply the selected standard evenly to proceedings for all students and employees, including faculty
  • Provides “rape shield” protections and ensures survivors are not required to divulge any medical, psychological, or similar privileged records
  • Requires schools to offer an equal right of appeal for both parties to a Title IX proceeding
  • Gives schools flexibility to use technology to conduct Title IX investigations and hearings remotely
  • Protects students and faculty by prohibiting schools from using Title IX in a manner that deprives students and faculty of rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Does that sound like an anti-woman, anti-victim rule to you? It is called fairness. It is called due process. It addresses the unethical situation created by the Obama administration that already has ruined many lives, almost all of them male. Yet  that constituency Obama was pandering to reacted with statements completely unconnected to reality.

“We refuse to go back to the days when rape and harassment in schools were ignored and swept under the rug,” said Fatima Goss Graves, the president of the National Women’s Law Center. What??? There is no way any objective observer can read the new rule and conclude that.

Arne Duncan and John B. King Jr., President  Obama’s Secretaries of Education,  enhanced their reputations as political hacks with a joint statement claiming that the rules were “part of an egregiously troubling pattern to continue to rollback civil rights for students, especially those most underserved.”

“We believe, as noted in the 2011 Obama administration guidance, that institutions should hold those who violate Title IX accountable for their actions and protect victims’ rights,” the former secretaries said. “To do otherwise is simply unacceptable.”

Remember, insisting on a process that preserves the rights of the accused is abusing “victims’ rights,” according to these men. Accusers aren’t victims until they have proven that their accusations are true.

This, like so many pronouncements we hear, assumes that a reader will just accept the propaganda without checking the facts.

One of those who apparently did this was Joe Biden. His campaign released a statement-–I guarantee that whoever wrote it has not read what they are condemning— which may lock down unethical quote of the year, and perhaps of the epoch. [Note: I had to search for 15 minutes to find the whole statement, which none of the usual news sources quoted in its entirety. This is unacceptable.]

Survivors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced. Today, Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump published a rule that flies in the face of that belief and guarantees that college campuses will be less safe for our nation’s young people.

Simply put: this new rule gives colleges a green light to ignore sexual violence and strip survivors of their rights. It lets colleges off the hook for protecting students, by permitting them to choose to investigate only more extreme acts of violence and harassment and requiring them to investigate in a way that dissuades survivors from coming forward.

This rule fundamentally disregards student’s civil rights under Title IX, which has helped pave the way for millions of women to access education. Survivors and advocates have fought to hold schools accountable and give young people truly fair access to education. Today’s rule rolls back the clock and reverses those hard-fought victories.

Our young people deserve better. During the Obama-Biden Administration, I traveled to the University of New Hampshire — a school with one of the best programs to prevent sexual assault in the nation — to announce that colleges would have new guidance and support from our Administration on how best to prevent and respond to campus sexual assault.

With that encouragement — and the It’s On Us campaign that President Obama and I launched — schools took great steps towards leveling the playing field for survivors and accused students. Working with survivors and advocates, we helped to bring this violence out of the shadows and required schools change their practices.

Now, Trump’s Education Department — led by Betsy DeVos — is trying to shame and silence survivors, and take away parents’ peace of mind. It’s wrong. And, it will be put to a quick end in January 2021, because as President, I’ll be right where I always have been throughout my career — on the side of survivors, who deserve to have their voices heard, their claims taken seriously and investigated, and their rights upheld.

The statement is amazing in its brazen dishonesty and disinformation; again, it relies on an anti-Trump mindset and a refusal to read—or inability to comprehend—even a summary of the rule itself. To flag just a few of the whoppers, deceitful statements and logical fallacies:

  • “Survivors deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” but someone is not to be presumed a survivor just by making an accusation.
  • “and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced. “ Nothing in the new rule silences anyone.
  • “Simply put: this new rule gives colleges a green light to ignore sexual violence and strip survivors of their rights.” That’s a flat out lie.
  • “It lets colleges off the hook for protecting students, by permitting them to choose to investigate only more extreme acts of violence and harassment…” “Extreme” is apparently defined as “not a floating standard that is never defined sufficiently to let students know what is and what isn’t an offense.”
  • “…and requiring them to investigate in a way that dissuades survivors from coming forward.” Right: “such a way” meaning the presumption of innocence beginning a potentially punitive process, and a guarantee of substantive rights for the accused, like the right to cross-examine and appeal.” Joe finds that unconscionable.

And so on, until the end. Will anyone “fact-check” this abomination? Of course not

Yet incredibly enough, the flagrant dishonesty and demagoguery is only the second most unethical aspect of Biden’s statement.

The man has been credibly accused of sexual assault himself, and he and his allies, including the news media, are denying that she is a victim or “a survivor,” while refusing to allow her to be heard—no mainstream news media source has interviewed Tara Reade—-and Biden’s political allies have announced that he is presumed to be not guilty, while she is presumed to be lying.

Reason’s Robby Soave, who has spent years chronicling apparent problems with how colleges adjudicate sexual assault cases,concluded that if the allegation against Biden were being decided by the system that he helped Obama force on college campuses, he would have probably been found guilty. Soave noted the 2017 expulsion of University of Southern California student Matthew Boermeester for assault “even though the purported victim, his girlfriend, emphatically denied that he had done anything wrong.” Biden’s photographically preserved instances of unconsented to touching could constitute punishable sexual harassment or assault under both the old and the new standards, except that under the new rules, he’d at least be guaranteed the opportunity to mount a defense.

It is astounding that Biden would dare to make this statement. Normally it would make my head explode, but I refuse to give him the satisfaction.

 

25 thoughts on “The Education Department Finally Crushes The Obama-Mandated Campus Sexual Assault Kangaroo Courts, And Joe Biden Is Deliberately Trying To Make My Head Explode

  1. Thank goodness. The lack of any due process or fairness was so egregious it’s amazing that men didn’t switch to totally online classes.

  2. Obviously, if Biden were to agree with De Vos’s regulations in any jot or tittle, the #MeToo shrews would suddenly find Tara Reade’s accusations credible and demand he be replaced as the Democrat nominee. It would fracture the party even worse than it is now, so in all honesty, some version of his statement is really the only option he had if he wishes to remain the 2020 nominee, no matter how unethical or hypocritical it is.

    This is one of the most profound ethics collapses in modern history: A party with a catch-22 that makes ethical commentary impossible without dire consequences on almost any subject. Many believe, rightly or wrongly, that Biden is the only Democrat hope currently available to defeat Trump, yet Biden could not successfully defend his position as nominee by taking any other tack than the one he has taken. He could’ve made a more vague and equivocal statement, I suppose, but I’m thinking that sort of nuanced communication is much harder than it was when he was a younger man.

    Just like Jimmy Carter before him, we are seeing the depredations of age reflected in the character of Joe Biden, the sad inflexibility and inability to embrace anything that might disturb his position as Democrat presidential nominee. It is tragic, but entirely predictable. This is one more clown car in the ethics train wreck that is the #MeToo movement.

  3. Gotta love how CNN’s headline about this…

    DeVos finalizes regulations that give more rights to those accused of sexual assault on college campuses

    Which clearly states that DeVos is giving more rights to the accused as opposed to not allowing colleges to strip the accused of the individual rights they already have. I think CNN is again, in a subtle way, trying to build up the hype against DeVos and inflame social justice warriors.

    This is Fox News’ headline about this…

    DeVos proclaims Title IX rule change for campus sex assault cases ‘rebalances the scales of justice’

    Which headline is being more accurate about the content and intent of the new rules?

    • They are both accurate, unless one assumes “give rights” means making some up. Obama’s “suggestions” removed rights from the accused. Yes, “give back” or “restored” would be more accurate, but it’s CNN. For them, the headline is progress.

      • Jack wrote, “They are both accurate”

        In my opinion; saying that they “give rights” is stating that they gave rights that didn’t previously exist. We’re just going to have to disagree on this one.

        Jack wrote, “For them, the headline is progress.”

        I think it’s reasonably fair to argue that being more subtle is progress, but I think it could be equally argued that they are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their opposition by being more subtle. I’ll have to see a lot more evidence to show me that they are actually making progress and not just being more subtle in their click-bait headlines to suck people back into their fold. I have noticed a little more of those subtleties since some statistics have shown that their viewers have dwindled and Fox News viewers have increased. Money talks and bull shit walks; so they bring back the viewers (the money) then they can throw out subtleties and open the flood gates of bill shit again.

        Maybe my bias against CNN is clouding my judgement, but I don’t think their core will change.

    • CNN, for once, did the right thing, except that they had no idea they were doing so. The headline was supposed to convey that women were getting hosed by DeVos and her Education Department by implying that “more rights” meant men accused of sexual assault were getting a pass (see Biden’s statement above). However, they left out specific language to convey that message more clearly. What they ended up doing is confirm that the Obama Administration and its “Dear Colleague” letter had stripped due process rights of the accused.

      jvb

  4. Restores fairness on college and university campuses by upholding all students’ right to written notice of allegations, the right to an advisor, and the right to submit, cross-examine, and challenge evidence at a live hearing
    Shields survivors from having to come face-to-face with the accused during a hearing and from answering questions posed personally by the accused

    I must be missing something, but how would these two statements work together?

    • This protects the alleged victim from being intimidated or traumatized by having to face the accuser, which is a civil rights requirement in a real trial. However she still has to face cross-examination by the accused’s agent. It is one of many areas where the new rule bedn over backward to be sensitive to the accuser.

        • Because the tough, smart bee-yootiful women who can’t wait to get out there and start climbing the corporate ladder and breaking those glass ceilings suddenly morph into fragile, timid, cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat porcelain dolls when they have to actually face someone they accused of doing something wrong. Civil rights requirement nothing, confronting your accuser is a CONSTITUTIONAL requirement in a real criminal trial, so no one can lose his life or his freedom on anonymous accusations or rumors. However, the worst a school can do is make you leave, so that protection doesn’t apply. It’s still VERY easy for a female college student to destroy a man with a lie and a pointed finger when his only offense is speaking while unattractive, contempt of feminist, or commitment failure, it’s just not as easy as it used to be.

          • It’s still VERY easy for a female college student to destroy a man with a lie and a pointed finger when his only offense is speaking while unattractive, contempt of feminist, or commitment failure, it’s just not as easy as it used to be.

            It would not surprise me if it resulted in retaliatory violence- or even retaliatory rapes!

    • Biden is a liar and a plagiarist. He said he finished in the top of his law school class when he was 76th of 85. That’s in the fifth quintile, when these days you get a letter from your dean telling you to think really long and hard about your career path and whether you really want to take the bar. About the best he can say is “vote for me! I didn’t suck as badly at school as John McCain!” (McCain was an embarrassing fifth from the bottom of his class at the US Naval Academy. He should have been kicked out, and probably only wasn’t because of who his father and grandfather were [though in all fairness to his dad, a captain at the time who wouldn’t get his admiral’s star until the November after his son graduated, he did go there to admonish him several times] ).

  5. I have a couple of consumed progressive Facebook friends that have attacked DeVos about damn near everything she does with parroted propaganda, I can’t wait to see what they parrot about DeVos now.

      • I usually try to nudge their common sense side with a question but far too often they just trip over themselves and become foolishly unhinged trying to rationalize their nonsense.

        An example is one friend said that DeVos is “evil”, yes actually called her evil as in profoundly immoral and wicked to which I wrote,

        I get that you don’t like DeVos but isn’t using the word evil to describe her going a bit too far?

        And the reply that came back was a bit unhinged. It started with

        “No. Totally appropriate. She is a greedy, legalistic, self righteous pharisee descended from the puritans who knows that she can buy whatever she wants (ex. The position she now holds.)…”

        …went on with the short tirade and then ended it with…

        “She is the poster child for oligarchy in America, and I will celebrate her removal from her office in 2021 (along with millions and millions of other Americans) with dancing in the street.”

        I ended the conversation with this…

        In my opinion.

        I reserve using the word “evil” for people that are truly evil like Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama Bin Laden, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, slavery, the devil, et al.

        Using the word as hyped up defamation of people with whom we disagree bastardizes the word, diminishes its value, and reduces its moral effectiveness within the English language.

        I don’t think we’ve spoken a word online or otherwise since that conversation.

  6. This was no doubt one of the biggest scandals of the “scandal-free” Obama administration.

    The fact is that President Obama threatened to deny funding to universities unless they violated the civil rights of male students accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment.

    And he did this to gain extra support from feminists and anti-rape activists.

    Was this not extortion?

    Was this not extortion for personal gain, the personal gain being additional support for the upcoming re-election campaign?

    Why did not the Democrats oppose this?

    Why did the Democrats oppose Trump and Betsy DeVos undoing Obama’s egregious abuse of power?

  7. “News sources are making the rule remarkably tough to track down. Why is that?”
    Gosh, I thought Mika Brzezinski made that clear when she accidentally spoke the truth. They often don’t want us to see the actual (or full) text of a lot of things, or read exactly what someone said. We might start thinking for ourselves. Can’t have that. They have to control what we think.

  8. While the new rules are better, they still pander to the foundational lie of this entire fiasco – the fiction that non-discrimination in education on the basis of sex requires educational institutions to establish their own parallel pseudo-legal systems to try accusations of conduct that is already squarely covered by the criminal justice system.

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