“John Doe,” accused of sexually assaulting a classmate at James Madison University, has filed a lawsuit accusing the university administration of denying him due process. He had sex with “Jane Roe” on multiple occasions, then, after she spotted him with another woman, she charged that the first time they had sex had been non-consensual on the grounds that she had been incapacitated, i.e. drunk, at the time. After reviewing the evidence, a three-person panel cleared John Doe of sexual misconduct. But the administration initiated a second hearing culminating with his suspension from the university for five-and-a-half years. Now Judge Elizabeth Dillon with the federal district court of Western Virginia has ruled that his lawsuit can proceed. Read the account in the Reason.com blog here.
My question is this: Has JMU’s administration embraced radical feminist ideology so tightly that it has tossed out all notions of due process in order to achieve a politically correct result? Or does JMU fear retaliation from the Obama administration if it shows insufficient resolve in combating the supposed “epidemic of rape” on its campus? My hunch is it’s a little bit of both. Meanwhile, no one dares address the real problem: a student culture of widespread drunken and promiscuous sex in which women conduct themselves with appallingly poor judgment and men with crass selfishness.
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