A sexually exploitative banner hung briefly outside a Wichita State University fraternity, prompting a pre-DeVos Title IX investigation into this vicious textual assault.
According to The College Fix, the vice president of student affairs, Teri Hall, explained, “The reason that it was ‘inappropriate’ was because it was hung on the side of the house facing sorority recruitment,” although no specific university policy was cited regarding which faces of a building are acceptable places to hang an invitation. The wording of the sign being entirely devoid of anything sexual, or any reference to either gender, didn’t stop university officials from investigating the sharpie-scrawled bed sheet as some sort of sex crime, based on Obama-era Title IX guidance, despite Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos now working to bring Title IX enforcement back into compliance with both established U.S. law, as well as international laws regarding Universal Human Rights, including the right to due process.
In this case, we do at least have indisputable facts, which is more than many campus investigations have access to:
- Fraternity members hung a poorly-written banner that said, “new members free house tours.”
- The banner was hung on the side of the building that sorority pledges would be able to see.
That should conclude the investigation, of course, as no reasonable person could possibly construe that as any sort of assault or harassment. If mingling of the sexes at university has become so controversial that this is worthy of investigation, the self-segregation of “safe spaces” will almost certainly expand into wider implementation of a policy we more or less all decided was a bad idea; Separate but equal.
Under Obama, the Title IX enforcement guidance removed the presumption of innocence, and granted educational institutions authority to undertake extrajudicial criminal investigations, as well as issue punishments without the oversight of judge or jury. A recent study shows that these directives have created an overwhelming prevalence of human rights violations on campuses across the country. The presumption of innocence is intended to protect the falsely accused, who, in these cases, are almost invariably males.
Despite how high profile some of the rape hoaxes become, it never seems to be enough to justify giving further thought to how we might protect innocent people from false accusations. Betsy DeVos’ efforts to re-establish the fundamental rights of American citizens (as well as foreign nationals studying at American Universities) have been met with disdain from much of the left, since, as above, most of the accused are white men, and might have supported Trump, and are therefore not deserving of the same protections they claim should be afforded to every human.
One particular irony of this story is that the purported “victims” are students preparing to participate in Pledge Week for the neighboring sorority. It’s well established that pledging to a sorority is often fraught with incredibly dangerous, dehumanizing, and often “horrific” abuse from the existing members, who are, of course, female. To date, no study has established the physical dangers posed by dirty bedclothes being hung on a building.
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