AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL VICTIMS’ ATTORNEYS, ESPECIALLY GLORIA ALLRED AND IRWIN ZALKIN

By Wendy Murphy

Dear Gloria, Irwin, and the American Bar Association;

You have all expressed an interest in helping prevent campus sexual assault, but your actions belie your words.

To the American Bar Association (ABA): you recently adopted a policy urging all colleges and universities to segregate out only violence and abuse of women for second-class treatment in campus-based civil rights redress proceedings. You nowhere urge that schools treat any other class of student in such a discriminatory manner. Nor do you explain why you believe women as a class should be subjugated, or why violence against women deserves worse treatment compared to other civil rights abuses. Indeed, you utterly fail to acknowledge that women were granted full equality in civil rights laws nearly forty-five years ago when Title IX was enacted (Title IX covers private schools) and “sex” was added as a protected class category to Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title IV covers public schools). This shameful move by such a prestigious legal organization is both disturbing and curious. Forty-five years after being granted full equality, women have a right to expect the ABA to issue a policy statement demanding enforcement of their rights, once and for all.

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Dear Colleagues

Dear colleagues;

Betsy DeVos today rescinded the part of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter that explained why schools must apply a preponderance of evidence standard in campus redress hearings under civil rights laws, such as Title IX.

This follows DeVos recent comments where she threatened to revoke the Dear Colleague Letter because the era of "rule by letter" is over – 
But then she just issued her own "letter" by modifying President Obama’s letter, and removing only a piece of his directive.

Devos has no authority to ALLOW schools to violate Title IX by subjecting the credibility of women to stricter scrutiny than their male attackers, which is what it means to allow schools to apply a burden of proof more onerous than preponderance.

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BETSY DEVOS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT DUE PROCESS – SHE JUST WANTS TO WEAKEN TITLE IX AND SUBJUGATE WOMEN

By Wendy Murphy

Betsy DeVos has made it clear that she intends to revoke President Obama’s 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter,”  a letter that simply gives schools guidance on how to comply with women’s and girls’ educational civil rights. She says her motive is to protect "due process" rights for campus sex offenders. 

Here’s the truth.

Betsy DeVos doesn’t care about “due process” rights for accused students. How could she? There aren’t any. Due process rights apply when the government is endeavoring to deprive a person of a constitutionally protected liberty interest. Colleges are not the government and there is no constitutional right to remain in college.

Which doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to want due process rights for college students. Many people do, because some students are expelled without any process whatsoever, even for minor offenses like cheating, smoking marijuana, and drinking alcohol. In fact, students are often expelled for smoking pot, without an investigation or hearing, and without having the drugs for testing to make sure it was pot that the student was actually smoking. Students also get expelled for assaults against Muslim, black and Jewish students, without investigations and hearings. Betsy DeVos has never once objected, or expressed concern that expelling all these types of students without due process is problematic. Why? Because DeVos doesn’t give a damn about due process. What she cares about is subjugating women, and only women, to deprive them of the right to equal and safe access to education, a right they have enjoyed for almost fifty years. 

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Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Struggles to Respond to Question RE: Campus SaVE Act

Watch the MSNBC video below, of presidential candidate Gary Johnson struggling and stammering to answer a question about the Campus SaVE Act, posed to him by a student at the University of New Hampshire.


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION AND ALL VICTIMS’ ATTORNEYS, ESPECIALLY GLORIA ALLRED AND IRWIN ZALKIN

by Wendy Murphy

Dear Gloria, Irwin, and the American Bar Association;

You have all expressed an interest in helping prevent campus sexual assault, but your actions belie your words.

To the American Bar Association (ABA): you recently adopted a policy urging all colleges and universities to segregate out only violence and abuse of women for second-class treatment in campus-based civil rights redress proceedings. You nowhere urge that schools treat any other class of student in such a discriminatory manner. Nor do you explain why you believe women as a class should be subjugated, or why violence against women deserves worse treatment compared to other civil rights abuses. Indeed, you utterly fail to acknowledge that women were granted full equality in civil rights laws nearly forty-five years ago when Title IX was enacted (Title IX covers private schools) and “sex” was added as a protected class category to Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title IV covers public schools). This shameful move by such a prestigious legal organization is both disturbing and curious. Forty-five years after being granted full equality, women have a right to expect the ABA to issue a policy statement demanding enforcement of their rights, once and for all.
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K-12 SCHOOL DISTRICTS UNDER INVESTIGATION

K-12 SCHOOL DISTRICTS UNDER INVESTIGATION


OCR/DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES INVESTIGATIONS

OCR/DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES INVESTIGATIONS

1. University of Virginia (pending since 2012)


Department of Justice Investigations

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATIONS

1. TITLE IV
2. COMBINED TITLE IX AND TITLE IV

PAST INVESTIGATIONS

1. TITLE IV
University of New Mexico (2016)
2. COMBINED TITLE IX AND TITLE IV
University of Montana (2014)


Sexual Violence Investigations Open At The Postsecondary Level

List of sexual violence investigations open at the postsecondary level including the dates the specific investigations were initiated. As of May 18, 2016, there are 235 sexual violence cases under investigation at 185 postsecondary institutions.

Click this link to view the PDF file. 2016.05.18-List


IMPORTANT NEW RULING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ON CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT AND WOMEN’S CIVIL RIGHTS

Please take time to read the new DOJ ruling against the University of New Mexico – link below. It is VERY important and affects all women’s civil rights on all college campuses.

The DOJ makes clear for the first time that schools can NOT adopt separate policies to address sexual assault if the policies uses second-class laws and standards from the federal Campus SaVE Act (or from state law, or elsewhere).

If schools want to have “two tracks” of redress on campus, one under Title IX and one under “sexual misconduct” rules, they can, but the second track “sexual misconduct” policy can NOT deviate from Title IX’s mandatory requirements. (which raises an interesting question – why have a distracting separate track at all?)

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