University of Kentucky Defeats Challenge to its Disciplinary Process

In 2015 we saw a bit of judicial intervention in campus sexual assault disciplinary actions.  However, in one of the first cases in 2016, in which a court was requested to take action relating to a campus sexual assault disciplinary proceeding,  a United States District Court in Kentucky assumed the more traditional stance of deferring to institutional proceedings.  In … More University of Kentucky Defeats Challenge to its Disciplinary Process

Senator Questions Legality of Office for Civil Rights’ Dear Colleague Letters

Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Education questioning the legal basis of the guidance letters that have been issued the past several years by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights regarding their interpretation of Title IX and campus sexual harassment/assault and bullying. In his letter Senator Lankford challenges … More Senator Questions Legality of Office for Civil Rights’ Dear Colleague Letters

Protagonist in Rolling Stone Gang Rape Lawsuit Ordered to Turn Over Communications

The University of Virginia Dean’s defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine is the story that keeps on giving. During the discovery process of the lawsuit there has been a bit of a tussle about whether “Jackie” will have to turn over to plaintiff’s counsel communications about the story that formed the basis of Rolling Stone’s gang rape article.  Counsel … More Protagonist in Rolling Stone Gang Rape Lawsuit Ordered to Turn Over Communications

New Developments in UVA Dean’s Rolling Stone Defamation Lawsuit

I have written earlier about Nicole Eramo, an Associate Dean at the University of Virginia, filing a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine for the way she was portrayed in a now discredited gang rape article that was based on what the magazine was told by “Jackie” (a student at the University of Virginia).  The saga of … More New Developments in UVA Dean’s Rolling Stone Defamation Lawsuit

Middlebury College Settles Study Abroad Sexual Assault Case

Are your college’s or university’s policies and procedures nimble enough to deal with a sexual assault that occurs in a study abroad program?  Middlebury College found out the hard way that its policies and procedures were not sufficient. In September of 2015 a United States District Court (District of Vermont) issued a preliminary injunction to stop the … More Middlebury College Settles Study Abroad Sexual Assault Case

Star Wars, Race and Gender Casting Trolls, and John Boyega’s Smackdown

Unless you are a person who is completely “unplugged” and living in solitary confinement, Star Wars, The Force Awakens can not be avoided as its presence is everywhere (thank you Disney for your promotional and cross-marketing muscle). In the midst of all the hype and worldwide attention are two new young stars, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who … More Star Wars, Race and Gender Casting Trolls, and John Boyega’s Smackdown