Thursday, January 14, 2016

Claim: College tells suicidal male student accused of sexual assault he can't have counseling--because his accuser was using those resources

If true, the following is disturbing beyond words and illustrates everything that is wrong with the modern academy. A feminist student at Michigan State University claims that her boyfriend was wrongly accused of college sexual assault and expressed suicidal thoughts after the accusation, but he was told "to avoid the campus counseling center because his accuser 'was also using those resources' . . . .”

Given what we've seen on college campuses since the "Dear Colleague" letter was promulgated five years ago, it would not be surprising to hear that a university refused to help a male student--regardless of whether the student was having suicidal thoughts--if the university feared that counseling him would cause his accuser the slightest discomfort. After all, colleges have been instructed by their government that even before a finding of guilt, a school must give the complainant options to avoid contact with the accused and "should minimize the burden on the complainant," not the accused.

We don't know if MSU disputes this allegation. The university's associate director of student life "did not respond to a request by The Fix to explain the procedure for handling requests for counseling by opposing parties in a sexual-assault proceeding." If the allegation is false, why did the administrator not go on the record to correct it, or at least state, for example, that the university's policy's is to insure that all students, including those accused of sex offenses, are provided the counseling services they require? Do schools fear that if they assist men accused of sex offenses, they might be viewed by the Department of Education and the feminist community as aiding and abetting the enemy?

In incident after incident, colleges behave as if Title IX, the "Dear Colleague" letter, and political correctness itself trump the due process rights and, indeed, the well-being of men accused of sex offenses. Massive resources are devoted to accusers, none are devoted to the presumptively innocent who are accused despite the mental health issues that afflict many. It is well to remind our readers that the leader of what is aptly called the campus sexual grievance industry, Brett Sokolow, sees "case-after-case" where "overwhelming proof" shows the purported sexual assault never happened. Mr. Sokolow--an avowed feminist--recently told Newsweek the pendulum on campus has shifted too far in favor of accusers.

So, no, I would not be surprised if Michigan State University or any other school refused to counsel a male student who was accused of sexual assault--even if it knew he was thinking of killing himself. That's how far we've come.