It’s ironic that, after decrying the melodrama of the sexual assault policies on college campuses, this author is writing an essentially melodramatic piece about her own experience of those policies. The headline (which to be fair she probably didn’t write) describes as an “inquisition” that she was investigated by a Title IX complaint, but not [yet] found to be guilty, in response to the other article she wrote. You can argue about the chilling effect of that climate on healthy public discourse, but the fault for that does not seem to be with the policies.

Her hypocrisy notwithstanding, this certainly shows the downsides of creating a extralegal investigative and judicial system to handle such complaints. The author describes an expensive, opaque process, with unclear and seemingly arbitrary rules, that she can’t talk about, can’t document, and that isn’t forthcoming about her rights or responsibilities. They are, in fact, many of the same complaints that we hear from victims of sexual assault going through the same system.

Our legal system has spent centuries working on due process, rights of the accused, and transparency — as terrible as the recent history of American criminal justice is, it gets a lot of these foundational processes right. It seems ambitious to expect higher education institutions to meet the same standards.

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