The Office for Civil Rights in Education, the highly ideological governmental agency that has spent the last five years ordering colleges to expand their sex bureaucracies and undermine due process for students and faculty accused of sexual misconduct, has determined that one college took its advice a little bit too far. The Washington Post reports on the agency’s settlement with Wesley College in Delaware, which expelled a student without even asking for his version of events:
So “inequitable” was the college’s treatment of the accused male student that the OCR, better known for its aggressiveness in protecting the rights of accusers, has forced the college into a settlement involving wholesale revisions of its adjudication process to make it fairer to those accused of sexual misconduct.
What also makes the case unusual is that it is believed to be a first for the government.
In summary, the student didn’t fully know precisely what he was accused of, the basis for the accusation or what recourse might be available to back up his claim that he was not responsible. Indeed, he was summoned to what he thought was a preliminary “educational” session, something informal, without knowing that it was a full-blown hearing that would determine his fate, a hearing for which he was completely unprepared.
The OCR has leaned on colleges across the country to implement proceedings with biased judges, a low standard for guilt, and few procedural protections for the accused student or professor. In its ruling on Wesley College, however, the activist bureaucrats said that while the hearings should be stacked against the accused, they should afford him or her a better chance than he would have in a Soviet show trial.
OCR’s finding that Title IX at least affords a modicum of protection to students accused of sexual misconduct as well as their accusers will likely improve the prospects for fairness on campus by leading some colleges to abandon their more outlandish proceedings. But it would be have been better if the agency hadn’t set the inquisition in motion in the first place.