STUDENT SUES AMHERST FOR NEW SEXUAL POLICIES

I can only hope he bleeds them dry.

In December 2013, Amherst College imposed its first major sanction under a new get-tough sexual misconduct policy, expelling a 21-year-old senior after a disciplinary board concluded that he had forced a female classmate to perform oral sex during an alcohol-infused encounter nearly two years earlier.

In April 2014, however, the expelled student presented the college with new evidence — a series of text messages the woman sent to two other male students immediately after the alleged rape, according to a lawsuit. To one, a dorm counselor, she described the sexual encounter in language that suggested it was consensual and she wrote, “It’s pretty obvi [obvious] I wasn’t an innocent bystander.’’

To the other student, she sent text messages inviting him over later that same night to “entertain” her — an invitation that resulted in a second sexual encounter, according to text messages and an affidavit by the male student. The accuser testified during the disciplinary hearing that she had texted a friend to come over after the alleged attack.

In the 13 months since the expelled student obtained the texts and gave them to college officials, it appears Amherst has taken no public steps to revisit its decision to expel the student. On Friday, his lawyer, Max D. Stern, filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Springfield, arguing that the college is guilty of a miscarriage of justice against his client, who is identified as “John Doe.’’

In the weeks after he was expelled and ordered to leave campus, Doe was alerted to the existence of the text messages and obtained copies of both sets of texts with the help of friends, according to Stern. The text messages are included in the lawsuit.
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A lawsuit against Amherst College claims the a former student was falsely accused of rape, not given a fair investigation by the college, and denied justice.

Citing the text messages, Stern charged in his lawsuit that Amherst’s investigation of the episode by an outside lawyer was “grossly inadequate,’’ overlooking signs that Stern says would have cleared his client. What’s more, the lawsuit also asserts that the action taken against John Doe, who is Asian-American, is part of a pattern since 2013 in which the college has sanctioned only “male students of color’’ for sexual misconduct.

Pete Mackey, the Amherst College spokesman, said in a statement that the college’s disciplinary process is consistent with federal requirements and is fair to all parties.

“That process was followed in this case,” he said.

“We are confident that the process the college followed was appropriate and that the court will conclude that the College’s process was fair,’’ Mackey said.

His statement did not address a question from the Globe about whether the college is still confident that the decision was right. He did, however, say that the charge that only male students of color have been disciplined is “incorrect.”

Doe’s accuser, who is identified in the lawsuit by the pseudonym Sandra Jones, did not respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit is also likely to further fuel an ongoing debate about the tough new standards on sexual assault adopted by colleges and universities under federal government pressure, standards that many legal scholars believe violate the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct.

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3 Responses to STUDENT SUES AMHERST FOR NEW SEXUAL POLICIES

  1. Leonard Jones says:

    I would not put it past the Feminazis to encourage a female student to put
    her legs in the air in order to perpetuate the long discredited myth of campus
    “Rape epidemics.” A few decades ago, it was wall to wall coverage that
    lasted for months and quickly went away when it was discovered that it
    was based on 4 cases natonwide that were all revealed to be based on
    false allegations.

    Fast forward to the Duke lacrosse case and the more recent hoaxes and
    you begin to see a pattern. The statement by the Amherst spokesman
    could be taken to mean that the most likely to commit rapes are less
    likely to be disciplined for their actions. The majority of all rapes in
    America are committed by minorities, not white males, so this flies
    in the face PC race theories.

    I remember a story in a book by Peter Collier and David Horowitz about
    a young white female radical who was violently raped by a black man.
    They took her into a reeducation session and convinced her it was a
    polititical act and that she deserved it because she represented the
    white racist power structure. I am sure it is not that much different
    on a college campus today.

    The real victim in this case is obviously the white/Asian student.
    Talk about having a double target painted on your back by the
    PC campus police! These fuckers will never rest until they find
    an ACTUAL case of a white male rapist on campus, even if it
    takes them another 3 decades.

  2. Kenneth A. Lee says:

    These Liberal colleges won’t get it until they are broke. (On the taxpayers dollar.)

  3. Leonard Jones says:

    You may have great point there Kenneth. Every liberal enterprise seems to run
    afoul of the laws of basic economics. It is like they intend them to result in
    failure.

    My lottery bucket list includes an 87 foot Italian luxury yacht that has a hull
    length that is mere inches short of the magic number that keeps it in the
    pleasure craft category as anything larger would require a professional
    skipper and crew.

    Cruising the Intertubes, I found a cluster of 12 small marinas in the South
    of Wilmington Ca. It is in an undeveloped area with a large city owned
    plot in the middle. The L.A. port Authority held meetings decided that
    instead of shops, restaurants, stores and such, they were going to
    spend untold millions to build a park and an artificial wetlands. They
    wanted NO part of anything that might generate revenues for the
    city, county or state, to say nothing of the jobs that would be created.
    It’s like they want Wilmington to remain a third world hell-hole!

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