For about 10 years I had intermittent dealings with UC’s Office of Judicial Affairs. As the undergraduate and graduate program coordinators, I had to consult with the office on matters concerning student cheating, harassment, and classroom conduct. It was never, and I mean, never pleasurable. I recall one instance where two star basketball players threatened a female instructor--calling her a bitch in the classroom. The office did nothing about it, which was typical. Instead, as one of my colleagues told me who was in the JA office at the time, the head of the office dismissed the event saying “that’s just how black guys talk.”
The discipline process was such a joke that I quit using it except in cases where reporting was mandatory. Most faculty also no longer use it. In short, the office has a serious credibility problem yet nobody in the administration seems to care.
Now we have Title IX and the office responsible for enforcing this travesty of justice is no other than the Judicial Affairs office. If you are thinking this won’t end well, you are correct.
UC has been sued several times by male students, typically because the process by which they were adjudicated “responsible” for sexual harassment or worse has been a joke.
Today I came across an article concerning recent developments. The article can be found here: http://www.mindingthecampus.org/2016/02/railroading-the-innocent-in-cincinnati/
Also, take a look at the lawsuit that outlines the allegations against UC. What you will find is that EVERY SINGLE MALE has been found “responsible” when allegations of assault and harassment have been made. You will also see where the administration, through the legal department, intervened in the police investigation. The Chief of Police, to his credit, cautioned against such efforts but the investigating detectives believed their efforts were being unduly influenced.
What you will also see is a process that is shameful.
Defendants (all male) have virtually no rights. They cannot ask questions of their accusers, they cannot submit evidence of the factual innocence, and their representatives have to come from the Title IX office. They can have a lawyer, but the lawyer can do noting.
The committee can allow impact statements from alleged victims to be read before findings of responsibility are made.
And let’s talk about the composition and training of the ARC committee. Training for those on the committee comes from UC Women’s Center. Slides are presented in the original lawsuit that highlight the bias attached to such “training.” The agenda is pretty clear to even a casual observer.
Oh, since 2010 every male that has been accused of sexual harassment or assault has been found “responsible” by the committee. EVERY SINGLE MALE.
I can only imagine the uproar if instead of males we were talking about females or blacks. I can guarantee you every 5-minute liberal professor would charge the ramparts demanding that such a ludicrous process be immediately dismantled. I can GUARANTEE it.
Some students have continued to litigate the process. UC’s answer, which was contained in the brief attached to the linked blog post, was essentially FUCK YOU. Yes, my great institution claims that due process standards are so low that all UC really has to do is provide notice and a platform for adjudication. Otherwise, anything goes. They can load a committee with biased evaluators, they can create a process that always leads to convictions (uh, I mean “findings of responsibility), and they can create an appeals process that is entirely without substance. They can do all of these things because their cause is just.
I’ve said this before but I’ll repeat myself: UC can’t adjudicate student cheating. The JA office lacks any degree of credibility. In no way should it have the power to adjudicate allegations of rape or sexual battery. These allegations are too serious, for both sides, to be handled by our office of Judicial Affairs.
In the near future I hope a case makes it all the way through the courts and that a financial judgment is awarded that bankrupts a school. Only then will some sanity return and only then will we pry this issue away from the zealots who have led us to disaster. Until then, expect more innocent young men to have their lives ruined.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology