The University of Texas at Austin recently utilized a Title IX kangaroo court to punish a former law student on charges of sexual harassment and stalking. These student-led university tribunals are now common at schools across the country.
As initially reported by Campus Reform, on October 4, 2017, University Hearing Officer Jennifer Zamora wrote, “I find that the Office of the Dean of Students HAS PROVEN by the greater weight of the credible evidence that [the student] violated Sections 11-404(a) (4) (Harassment (Sexual) and Stalking) of the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities.”
The now-graduated law student, who wishes to remain anonymous, has since filed a complaint with the Department of Education against UT. He claims the university discriminated against him on the basis of his gender when they found him guilty of two charges on “very questionable grounds,” without due process, and then dismissed his counterclaims against his accuser. The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has agreed to investigate the University and its alleged malpractices.
In addition to being placed on disciplinary probation for that semester, the student was required to watch the film “The Mask You Live In,” a relatively unknown film that offers “an exploration of American masculinity.” The student was then required to write a 5-6 page reflection paper about “your definition of masculinity and how it has been informed.”
By way of radical, student-led Title IX courts that can unilaterally hand out punishments like this, the taxpayer funded University of Texas and its administration have shown they have no respect for the criminal justice system.
In a letter to the student after an appeal of his sanctions, University President Gregory Fenves admitted as much, stating, “nothing you allege, even if true, would change the ultimate outcome of this matter.” President Fenves also suggested that the punishment be taken as a learning experience.
Between its virtue signaling “MasculinUT” campaign and the schadenfreude of making people watch anti-male gender propaganda, the University of Texas continues to cause more problems than it solves.