Consider the following facts, which are neither new nor controversial:
(1) "College administrators nationwide say that alcohol is the worst health risk their students face." http://www.wlu.edu/x53500.xml
(2) "In most allegations of sexual assault, alcohol is involved." http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/04/135109643/colleges-universities-told-to-do-more-to-prevent-sexual-assaults
There is no dispute that, aside from its clear and unmistakable correlation to health risks unrelated to sexual violence, alcohol is a significant contributing factor in most sexual assaults that occur on campus.
So, how do college administrators combat both the foremost health problem on campus (alcohol abuse) as well as the most politicized (sexual assault)?
If the goal is to reduce both, the answer is simple: deter the use of alcohol in all cases.
If the goal is to pander to the politicized sexual grievance industry, a different answer would be expected. Indeed the trend is not to deter alcohol in all cases but to arrive at the different answer.
The Department of Education's April 4 directive to college administrators on how to handle sexual assault tells schools to consider whether punishing students (almost always women in this instance) for alcohol offenses will have a "chilling effect on victims' . . . reporting of sexual violence offenses."
In fact, many schools have policies that forbid charging rape accusers for alcohol-related offenses because "some women have complained that when they went to school administrators to say they'd been sexually assaulted, they ended up getting punished for breaking school rules on drinking or using drugs." http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/04/135109643/colleges-universities-told-to-do-more-to-prevent-sexual-assaults
Imagine that -- holding a student accountable for her misconduct! The fact that this sort of accountability is entirely verboten and politically incorrect tells us all we need to know about the so-called "rape culture" on campus.
For example, the University of Wisconsin and Madison Police Departments "do not issue underage drinking tickets to sexual assault victims." http://www.dailycardinal.com/news/sexual-assault-report-numbers-vary-at-uw-1.2190936 According to Tonya Schmidt, an assistant dean in the Division of Student Life for the University of Wisconsin: "If something like that [issuing underage drinking tickets to sexual assault victims] happened, [the Division of Student Life] would be all over it, calling and saying that ‘you cannot do this. We highly advise you to take the ticket away, this person has been a victim of an assault,' she said. 'But we've never had to do that.'"
If an intoxicated underage male reported he'd been beaten badly, he would be charged with underage drinking because his victimization isn't the right kind. Several questions arise:
(1) How is "victimhood" is determined? With false rape claims running rampant on college campuses, as we've demonstrated on this blog, it is assumed that "victimhood" is determined solely on the basis of the rape accuser's say so. When a claim is determined to be false, is the accuser then charged with an alcohol offense? My guess is she's not, and that if she would be charged, the usual suspects would chant about a "chilling effect" (because to them, there is no difference between a victim and an accuser).
(2) Aren't college administrators simply fomenting both alcohol and sexual assault problems by not taking a zero tolerance stance against alcohol?
(3) And finally, why is there no public discourse about the dangers such policies pose to innocent men on campus? When an intoxicated women needs only to cry "rape" to avoid getting in trouble for underage drinking, colleges are painting proverbial targets on the asses of innocent young college men.
We have reached the stage on campus where a consensual tryst can lead to an innocent young man being falsely accused of rape and charged with underage drinking while his equally intoxicated, false accusing partner is both lionized as a rape victim and excused from underage drinking charges. The frightening part is that politicized zealots who deny that false rape claims are a problem would insist that this scenario is perfectly fair and just, without even cracking a smile.
Tell me again: why are young men avoiding college in droves?