College is not what it used to be for men. Ask any male student and he will probably tell you he is feeling as if a giant spotlight is on his every action regarding interaction with female students. For millions of American men who are on the nation’s campuses today, they can thank the unsubstantiated hysteria to people like Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat. According to USA Today, the congressman suggested that, “Even innocent students should be booted from campus if they were accused of sexual assault.”
Does this sound like the America that the Founding Fathers created where the rule of law and the protection of Due Process is the safeguard for all Americans? In the new century of Obama, guilt and innocence have become twisted into a left leaning feminism pretzel where men are guilty of any affront imagined by females despite the absence of factual proof.
If a male student believes that a college campus affords a degree of protection because it is a setting for some higher principles of fairness not found in American society as a rule; WAKE UP! Trust but verify should be the rule of the day. Parents of young male students who are planning to enter college the next year or have a student who has just entered college for the first time; familiarize yourself with the school’s rules of conduct, behavior enforcement policies, and student hearings guidelines.
Probably the most infamous example of men on campus under attack has come in the recent tabloid performance of Rolling Stone’s yellow journalism practitioner writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Remember, she is the reporter for the magazine who wrote a story about “Jackie” a U-Va. freshman that was allegedly raped by seven male students at Phi Kappa Psi party a few years ago. The only problem with this story, is that it was totally fabricated.
So much for fair and decent administration of justice for males on campus. The seven students were convicted in the 2.7 million sets of eyes who read the magazine as well as the millions of others who heard about it. It took nearly a year for the magazine to issue a half-hearted mea culpa, and a resignation of the magazine’s managing editor, Will Dana. According to The Wrap, Sabrina Erdely, who concocted the made up rape story, is still at her desk.
Without being accused of being gender biased, one should take a look at a study which was conducted by the Pope Center for Higher Education. The study examined the distribution of “gender equity enforcers” on college campuses. USA Today reported that the study shows, “Considering that the overwhelming preponderance of sexual harassment allegations are directed by women at men, the disproportion of women to men in the positions charged with interpreting and enforcing the sexual harassment rules is a legitimate concern.”
One should be asking the question as to whether or not male students who are accused of sexual harassment will likely receive fair-minded treatment in these offices.
This is very serious when one considers that a long held belief in American jurisprudence is the feeling that it was better to let 10 guilty men go free than to have one innocent person imprisoned. Congressman Polis scoffs at that notion. He appears to believe that it is better to deprive 10 innocent male students of their rights and their education.
In fact he does not consider it a big deal at all. He stressed, “We’re not talking depriving them of life and liberty, we’re talking about their transfer to another university, for crying out loud,” according to USA Today.
This belief is not only contemptible but it is an affront to all decency and American justice. A student falsely accused and expelled from the university may find it next to impossible to enter another college with a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head. In addition, the fact that he was discriminated against due to his gender is a direct violation of the federal Title IX anti-discrimination law. This law was enacted to prevent the creation of a hostile educational environment based on sex.
So, for all of those men on college campuses and their parents, who are now feeling good about their sons aspiring for a college degree and a career, be aware that male rights on college campuses are not what they use to be. The result can be fatal to their college life and education.