21.12.16

THE ACCUSED HAVE NO RIGHTS.

The overweening Student Affairs types and their kangaroo courts weren't quite up to railroading the Minnesota football team, because bowl bid, or something.

But the outcry of Student Affairs types and their willing accomplices in the administration and the grievance studies departments is capable of doing a great deal of damage.  K. C. Johnson, who has investigated such damage before, most notably with the Duke lacrosse squad, has looked at the procedural tools the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, er, Student Affairs wield.
Minnesota has trained its sexual assault investigators by having them attend an event organized by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault; sessions from the National Association of Colleges and Universities; participating in the “Minnesota Campus Sexual Violence Summit”; joining an AAU Survey of Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct Webinar; and completing a course organized by the ATIXA Institute, an organization associated with the anti-due process NCHERM. Adjudicators receive briefings from the Minnesota Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittees, the university Office of the General Counsel, a local police chief, a university lecturer expert in addressing questions of credibility, the Director of Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life at the University of Minnesota, and the legal advocacy coordinator of the Aurora Center, a university organization that “provides a safe and confidential space for students . . . who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault.”

Adjudicators receive briefings from the Minnesota Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, the Student Sexual Misconduct Subcommittees, the university Office of the General Counsel, a local police chief, a university lecturer expert in addressing questions of credibility, the Director of Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life at the University of Minnesota, and the legal advocacy coordinator of the Aurora Center, a university organization that “provides a safe and confidential space for students . . . who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault.”

The list of training, therefore, contains no defense lawyers.
Of course not. It's not about the quality of the evidence, it's about the seriousness of the charge. Plus it's hard enough for people who had a bad encounter with the football team to speak up in the first place ...  But it gets interesting when it's football players of color ... now we get into false accusations and planted evidence and the legacy of Jim Crow and the rest who are on the receiving end of the Holy Inquisition.  The question Professor Johnson asks might generalize to other parts of the one-party state Student Affairs hopes to run.  " Is there any other context in which a left-of-center editorial page would advance such a claim about students advocating for other students’ civil liberties?"  Study your history, dear reader.  When a Stalinist terror gets going, nobody is safe.

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