Baylor lets female professors fool around with students, punishes males for doing the same: lawsuit

Christian school hid evidence from accused professor, he says

Baylor University created a campus-wide “culture of anti-male bias and intimidation” in response to criticism about its handling of sexual-assault reports, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week.

“John Doe,” a former assistant professor of economics, not only claims that the Christian university ignored evidence that contradicted his student accuser, a former lover. He says female professors are tacitly allowed to date students in violation of school policies, to the point where some have married their male students.

The “biased and flawed” Title IX investigation, in which Baylor refused to give him a “language accommodation,” stemmed from pressure the school faced between 2015 and 2016 to clamp down on alleged sexual assault by student athletes.

John resigned from Baylor in 2018 after it found him responsible for sexual assault and intimate partner violence against the undergraduate student, which he denied. He hasn’t been able to find “another professorship” since. (The suit makes no mention that he ever taught her.)

 

He’s suing for violations of Title IX under the “erroneous outcome” theory, which says a false finding stemmed from gender bias, and state and federal employment laws. John also alleges breach of contract.

A 2016 report from law firm Pepper Hamilton found that Baylor “minimized Title IX enforcement” and “impeded” sexual assault complaints involving student athletes. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has been investigating Baylor for nearly three years for the same reason.

Baylor removed Kenneth Starr as president and fired football coach Art Briles (below) following these reports. Some feared an overcorrection against males at Baylor due to the campus climate, an argument advanced by John.

John’s attorney didn’t return an email from The College Fix. Baylor denied John’s claims in an email statement.

“Baylor University will vigorously defend the inaccurate claims made by the Plaintiff in this lawsuit,” wrote Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of media and public relations:

Following an investigation by Baylor’s Title IX Office, the Plaintiff was found responsible for, among other things, violating Baylor’s policy prohibiting non-consensual sexual contact with a student. The Plaintiff also violated University policy that prohibits romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty members and undergraduate students. The Plaintiff resigned from the University prior to the completion of the Title IX process, which ultimately resulted in a finding that the Plaintiff violated Baylor’s Title IX policy.

Women can close their office doors, men can’t

John claims that his superiors at Baylor confirmed the existence of anti-male bias and comparatively lax oversight of female professors.

When he began teaching in 2015, supervisor Scott Gardner warned John that a large Baylor flag he had hung on a transparent glass door in his office could be used to “falsely accuse” him of misconduct. John claims female professors on the floor were still allowed to cover their doors, but he was encouraged not to.

Another supervisor, Steve Green, warned him two years later to “protect himself from female students who may accuse him of misconduct,” due to the “environment” at Baylor stemming from the athletic sexual-assault scandal.

For that reason, Green allegedly counseled John to leave his office door open when conducting office hours and keep female students out after 5 p.m. If one accused him of sexual misconduct for an incident after 5 p.m., Green explained, “there would be no witnesses in the department to testify” in John’s defense.

Baylor lets female professors fool around with students, punishes males for doing the same: lawsuit

Hefty university fees are sending some grad students to food banks

To help offset declines in state funding, many U.S. public universities are billing their graduate students for thousands of dollars of university fees. The charges, many of them new or recently increased, frequently come as a shock to master’s and Ph.D. students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields who expect their years of training to be financially feasible because they do not pay tuition and receive modest stipends for their research and teaching work.

At Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, for example, grad students are charged $4900 per year in student fees—a sum that has more than doubled in 5 years. “We are not here to be rich,” but grad students who work for the university expect to be able to make ends meet, says Luis Santiago-Rosario, a biology Ph.D. student at LSU who—like many in his situation—wasn’t aware of the fees until he started his program. He’s had to take out $6000 in federal student loans each of the 2 years he’s been in grad school because his teaching stipend—roughly $22,000—isn’t enough to cover the fees as well as living expenses. “[Our pay] is not enough; it’s absolutely not enough after the fees.”

“It’s really hard to be a student here,” adds Erin Good, a physics Ph.D. student at the university who points out that LSU policy bars graduate assistants from seeking outside employment to supplement their income. “I know a ton of people who are relying on food banks … it’s really getting untenable.” LSU isn’t alone in issuing hefty bills. Many other institutions across the country—including private ones—charge fees ranging from less than $100 to a few thousand dollars. But LSU’s fees are especially steep.

An LSU spokesperson wrote that the university is aware of the squeeze on its grad students. “We continue to evaluate resources to further support our graduate students, as we work within the constraints of the university’s operating budget,” the statement said. On other campuses, students and faculty are also demanding action through strikes and petitions.

Cutbacks in public funding at a time when student numbers are growing and the cost of education is rising have left universities looking for new revenue. “Higher education is being shoved out of state budgets,” says David Feldman, a professor of economics at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In response, many public universities have raised tuition. But some states limit tuition hikes. “Fees have been used as this wiggle room way to increase funding if you can’t increase tuition,” says Sophia Laderman, a senior policy analyst at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, a nonprofit organization based in Boulder, Colorado.

At LSU, for example, the university instituted a “student excellence fee” in 2016—saying the money would be used to hire instructors and teaching assistants, among other things. At first, grad students were charged roughly $500 per year, but this year the bill is more than $2200, making it the highest of the university’s current fees. The fact that grad students seem to be charged for a service they themselves provide—teaching—is bewildering, says Good, who has advocated for fee changes on behalf of LSU’s grad students.

There are some hopeful signs for grad students who are struggling. At the University of Illinois in Chicago, the graduate student union initiated a strike largely to protest fees, says Sagen Cocklin, a physics Ph.D. student who pays $1200 per year in student fees and serves as co-president of the union’s steering committee. Two weeks into the strike, which led to the cancellation of hundreds of classes, the university agreed to cut the international student fee—$260 per year—in half and increase stipend levels to offset other fees.

 

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/08/hefty-university-fees-are-sending-some-grad-students-food-banks

LSU STUDENT DIES AFTER ‘BIBLE STUDY’ HAZING EVENT. FRATERNITY MEMBERS SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL

Sean-Paul Gott and Ryan Matthew Isto, two former Louisiana State University students, received the maximum jail sentence for hazing charges related to Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge Max Gruver’s death.

In September 2017, about a month after he arrived at college, Gruver died after spending the night drinking at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. The night of his death, Gruver was at the house for a hazing ritual reportedly referred to as “Bible study.”

Gruver’s death prompted Louisiana legislators to pass a law that made hazing activities that resulted in death when a victim’s blood-alcohol level was at least .30 punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Hazing that didn’t lead to death would be punishable by up to $1,000 and six months in prison. Organizations, such as fraternities, sororities and athletic teams, that knowingly allow hazing could also face up to $10,000 in fines.

Following Louisiana’s lead, in June, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a hazing bill, known as “Andrew’s Law.” Named after Andrew Coffey, who died during a Florida State University Pi Kappa Phi event in November 2017, it made fraternity and sorority members who plan a hazing event but don’t attend criminally liable.

 

In both Coffey and Gruver’s case, if someone had called 911 when the students exhibited signs they needed medical attention, their lives may have been saved. Under “Andrew’s Law” the first person to call 911 and anyone administering aid to the victim will not be prosecuted under the hazing law.

On Friday, Louisiana District Judge Beau Higginbotham sentenced Gott, 22, and Isto, 20, to 30 days in jail, the maximum amount of time that could be assigned under the law, according to The Advocate. In September Gott and Isto pleaded “no contest” to the misdemeanor hazing charge, which carried the same weight as a guilty plea, but could not be used against them in the event of a civil suit.

https://www.newsweek.com/lsu-phi-delta-theta-hazing-max-gruver-1451356

 

Clemson University student dies after falling off roof

A college student in South Carolina died early Sunday morning after falling off a roof, officials said.

The Clemson City Police Department told FOX Carolina the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. at a home on Greenville Highway, where officials were called after reports of someone falling off a roof.

The 20-year-old man, identified as Thomas H. Few, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement, Clemson University said Few was a junior construction science and management major from Greenville.

“Thomas was a valuable member of the Clemson Family, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students L. Christopher Miller said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Police told FOX Carolina they do not suspect found play but they’re investigating the death due to the victim being under the age of 21. Authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the incident.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/clemson-university-student-dies-south-carolina-building-fall

Frat brothers took selfies with his unconscious body after he fell down the stairs. Now, he’s paralyzed, lawsuit says

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A lawsuit says a former West Virginia University student has permanent brain damage because his fraternity brothers didn’t help him after he fell down the stairs at a party, instead ridiculing his unconscious body for hours before calling 911.

The filing from the father of David M. Rusko alleges that fellow students posed for selfies with his son, squirted Ketchup on him and posted pictures on social media, The Dominion Post reported Thursday.

Video footage showed Rusko, 22, had difficulty breathing and was unresponsive while the party continued in November 2018, the lawsuit says. By the time someone called for help, he was bleeding from the nose, foaming at the mouth and his brain wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/06/28/west-virginia-university-student-sues-fraternity-after-party-incident/1597343001/

Oberlin College sued for MILLIONS after attacking ‘racist’ local bakery

Oberlin College has to pay $11 million in damages after a bakery won a lawsuit alleging the school defamed or otherwise libeled the family-owned shop.

The lawsuit, filed by the Gibson’s Bakery shop in November 2017, was settled this week when an Ohio jury ordered Oberlin College to pay $11 million to the bakery after being accused of libelous behavior. Following an attempt to shoplift from the local bakery, the lawsuit alleged that Oberlin employees — and the institution itself — spread defamatory information against the bakery for allegedly racist behavior.

 

In Nov. 2016, an Oberlin student, Jonathan Aladin, was caught attempting to steal wine from the bakery. Two other individuals, according to the lawsuit, were also arrested and accused of misdemeanor assault during the same altercation.

In response to the arrests, protests and boycotts against Gibson’s bakery ensued with protesters accusing the store of being racist as Aladin is a minority. Reportedly, numerous employees of Oberlin attended these protests, passing out allegedly libelous flyers which read: “[Gibson’s] is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION.”

In addition to accusing the bakery of racist behavior, the flyer called for an economic boycott as well.

 

“Today we urge you to shop elsewhere in light of a particularly heinous event involving the owners of this establishment and local law enforcement.”

The flyer included a description of the incident, claiming that Aladin “was apprehended and choked” by a Gibson’s employee and subsequently “chased and tackled” prior to being arrested by local police.

In response to the accusations of sustained actions of discrimination, the Oberlin Police Department conducted its own investigation into the bakery’s history, finding that of the 40 adults arrested for shoplifting at Gibson’s in the past five years, only six were black.

Aladin went on to plead guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor charge after the felony robbery charge was dismissed. Aladin and the other two individuals arrested during the attempted theft gave statements during their respective sentencing hearings back in 2016.

“The clerk was within his legal rights to detain me,” Aladin wrote. “And I regret presenting a fake ID in an attempt to obtain alcohol. This unfortunate incident was triggered by my attempt to purchase alcohol. I believe the employees of Gibson’s actions were not racially motivated. They were merely trying to prevent an underage sale.”

According to the lawsuit, Oberlin College has participated in several libelous and defamatory actions against the bakery including demanding a service contract between the two parties be canceled and continuing to display statements accusing Gibson’s of “racial profiling and discriminatory treatment of students and residents alike” in the student union building on campus.

The lawsuit also alleges that Oberlin college paid for a limo service to transport Aladin, free of charge, to meet with a “high profile criminal defense lawyer.”

The lawsuit claims that several Oberlin college administrators and faculty members publicly disparaged the bakery and used college resources to promulgate libelous information. One unnamed Oberlin administrator, the associate dean of Academic Affairs, has been accused of using Oberlin resources to print copies of the flyer.

[RELATED: Oberlin students seek to socialize dining halls]

Meredith Raimondo, Oberlin’s current vice president and dean of students who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, is accused of distributing the flyer to individuals both on and off campus.

Raimondo also met with David Gibson, the owner of the bakery, to discuss an agreement between the two parties for the bakery to call Raimondo when an Oberlin student is caught stealing rather than report the incident to the police or pursue charges. Raimondo’s offer was denied.

The Oberlin vice president is accused of personally demanding the Oberlin College director of dining services cease engaging with a food service company that had contracts with Gibson’s. Raimondo’s actions caused the third-party food company to cancel its contract with Gibson’s. This decision was later reversed and Gibson’s Bakery is currently back under contract with the company.

 

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13311

UR suspends Sigma Alpha My fraternity over hazing allegations

The University of Rochester announced a decision Thursday to suspend a fraternity amid hazing allegations.

UR suspended the Rochester chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu (Mu Rho chapter) “following hazing charges brought against them this past spring,” the school said in a release.

The school noted that the fraternity didn’t dispute the charges, and UR “officials are confident that no one has been seriously harmed as a result of this activity,” a release said.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/06/06/ur-suspends-sigma-alpha-my-fraternity-over-hazing-allegations-university-of-rochester/1372744001/