Friday, February 3, 2012

CHILLING: KC JOHNSON ON THE WITT CASE

. . . .The deputy provost dropped any pretense that Yale seeks to provide due process or find the truth. Instead, she affirmed that the informal complaint procedure's "goal is to achieve a resolution that is desired by the [accuser]," so that accusers can "regain their sense of wellbeing," even though the process provides no mechanism for determining whether the accuser is telling the truth. In fact, the process seems all but designed to ensure that the truth won't be discovered, especially if the accuser is less than truthful. According to Spangler, Yale wants the informal complaint procedure to give the accuser "choice of and control over the process." This goal is incompatible with providing due process to the accused.

You need to read the entire piece. Prof. KC Johnson explores how your son's due process rights and presumption of innocence are tossed to the winds in the academy: Patrick Witt and Yale's Disastrous Failure