Saturday, November 7, 2015

College men need "ban the box" for references to alleged sexual assault on their transcripts

The sexual grievance industry is pushing for laws that require colleges to note on a transcript if a student was suspended or dismissed for sexual assault. The goal is to prevent the student from getting into another college (note there is no concern that the student will sexually assault non-college women). The federal government is also exploring the requirement. This law disproportionately affects young white males since they make up the group that is most often subject to college rape "justice," and the goal is to punish men, not to protect women--classic feminist "get-evenism."

The sexual grievance industry has always insisted that the law does not require colleges to afford students accused of sexual assault even minimal due process rights because the impact on the men accused supposedly is limited--the most that can happen to them is expulsion. That assertion, of course, is dishonest.

The reason the transcript notations are unjust is obvious: colleges are incapable of doing justice when it comes to sex offenses. “These requirements operate under the premise that findings of facts by institutions are reliable when we know that they are not,” said Nico Perrino, a FIRE spokesman. By requiring schools to make notations of transcripts, the government is, effectively, depriving men of their right to pursue an education without affording them even the most rudimentary due process.

In contrast, President Obama has directed federal agencies to “ban the box”—the questions on government job applications that ask prospective employees about their criminal history, often serving as an obstacle to employment for the formerly incarcerated--disproportionately minority men.

We support that effort, but beware the PC double-standard: if a man was convicted of rape after a full, fair trial before a jury of his peers where he was afforded the entire panoply of due process rights available under the Constitution and all the rights of appeal and habeas corpus, an employer subject to the President's mandate can't ask him to reveal that fact. That same employer, however, is permitted to look at college transcripts and see if a job applicant was expelled for sexual assault--even though he was not afforded even the most rudimentary rights, and there is a very good chance the school got it wrong. The employer would conclude that the latter man is a rapist but not the former.

It's all about group identity politics, and it is grossly unjust. College men ought to insist on the equivalent of "ban the box" when it comes to references to alleged sexual assault on their transcripts.