An Education in College Justice

Dec 10, 2013 by

Under pressure from the Obama administration, a university tramples the rights of the accused.

James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal reports on kangaroo courts at colleges:

Joshua Strange, now 23, is a civilian casualty in the Obama administration’s war on men.

In an April 2011 directive, Russlyn Ali, then assistant education secretary for civil rights, threatened to withhold federal money from any educational institution that failed to take a hard enough line against sexual misconduct to ensure “that all students feel safe in their school.” The result was to leave accused students more vulnerable to false charges and unfair procedures. The prospect of losing federal funds has left university administrators “crippled by panic,” Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education told me. “The incentives are pointing toward findings of guilt, not accurate findings.”

The injustice of such proceedings is largely hidden from the public, because most universities conduct them secretively. Auburn is no exception. Its Discipline Committee’s hearings are closed to spectators, “private and confidential” under university bylaws. But Auburn keeps on file an official audio recording, a copy of which I obtained.

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Taranto: An Education in College Justice.

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