Judge approves Title IX suit against university for saying women can’t consent to threesomes

Relevant that Arizona State was under Title IX investigation

Consenting to a threesome is evidence of incapacitation?

An odd statement, but that’s Arizona State University’s rationale for kicking a male student out of school, he claims.

In a tentative ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Dominic Lanza allowed the unnamed athlete’s lawsuit against the public university to continue on Title IX grounds, citing the threesome claim among other plausible allegations.

ASU found that “John Doe” violated its code of conduct for sexual misconduct and alcohol violations. It investigated him following a threesome with “Jane Roe” and another male student, with Jane claiming she had been too drunk to consent to sex.

The linchpin of John’s Title IX argument is that the university reached an “erroneous outcome” on his culpability, “motivated by gender bias because [John] was a male athlete,” Lanza wrote.

According to the judge, ASU did not challenge John’s arguments that the disciplinary hearing against him was inaccurate, but rather that he failed to properly connect the allegedly faulty outcome and gender bias.


Judge approves Title IX suit against university for saying women can’t consent to threesomes

10 people indicted after investigation into the death of an 18-year-old Ohio University fraternity pledge

Ten people — including seven fraternity members — were indicted after an investigation into the death of an 18-year-old fraternity pledge at Ohio University last year, prosecutors said.

Collin Wiant was pledging the Sigma Pi fraternity at the university’s Athens campus in November 2018. A lawsuit filed by his parents in February alleges he was subjected to severe hazing including being beaten with a belt, punched, made to take drugs, forced to drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour and deprived of sleep.
The lawsuit cites a toxicology report that showed he died of nitrous oxide ingestion.
The seven fraternity members face criminal charges ranging from drug offenses and hazing to involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide, a news release from the Athens County Prosecuting Attorney’s office said.

University of Toronto student union claims Kosher food is pro-Israel

A Jewish student at the University of Toronto wrote to the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), as part of an ongoing campaign by Hillel to bring Kosher food to campus, only to get the response that GSU “[doubts] the Executive Committee will be comfortable recommending this motion given that the organization hosting it (Hillel) is openly pro-Israel.”

The email added that any efforts to bring Kosher food to campus may be against “the will of the membership,” in reference to the GSU’s adopted motion of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which campaigns for various cultural, economic and political boycotts of the Jewish state.

The GSU responded on Facebook, saying that any board member can submit a motion on the status of Kosher food on campus, without an indication that the Executive Committee is willing to change their stance on the issue.



Washington State University fraternity death marks 4th campus fatality in a month

All social events for fraternities and sororities were suspended at Washington State University after the death Tuesday of a student possibly tied to alcohol. It’s the second fraternity-related death in the past week and the fourth college campus death in the United States in the past month.

Nearly 2,000 college students die each year from alcohol-related injuries, including car crashes, according to government researchers. In addition to Washington State, fraternity-connected deaths have occurred in San Diego, New York and Pennsylvania in recent weeks, prompting a crackdown by school officials, CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reports.

Police are still investigating what happened at the Alpha Tau Omega house off the Washington State University campus where they received an emergency call early Tuesday morning. Medics arrived to find 19-year-old fraternity member Sam Martinez unconscious. Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that his death could be alcohol related.

“There is a cultural problem,” said Franklin College Professor Hank Nuwer, who has studied fraternity drinking trends for decades. “When the deaths occur, it’s often because they not only want to drink with the members, they want to out-drink them to show off.”



4 frat deaths this month. 2 this week alone. What’s going on with fraternity hazing?

In the past month, at least four young men have died in circumstances apparently related to college fraternities. Two of those deaths have come this week alone. At least three young men had also died the previous semester.

If that seems like a lot, Hank Nuwer, an author who chronicles these types of deaths, has some unfortunate news. Since 2017, that number of fraternity deaths annually has become the new normal.

Despite policy changes from universities and frats, a slew of anti-hazing laws and activism from the dead students’ parents, the trend shows no sign of changing. Nuwer laments that  many young men see hazing as a “requirement for manhood.”

The deaths come at a time when families, universities and fraternities are struggling to decide how to address the toxic behavior sometimes associated with these organizations. Many supporters say frats’ volunteer service, fundraising, and sense of community outweigh the bad behaviors. But people increasingly are drawing connections between the high-profile incidents that leave young men dead, and more of them are putting the blame on fraternities’ culture of hazing.


USC fraternity suspended for four years for hazing incident

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina has been suspended until 2023 for violating the code of conduct of both the university and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

In an official statement, USC’s Director of Public Relations Jeff Stensland said, “Operations of the Epsilon-Psi chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the University of South Carolina have been suspended until at least August 2023, effective Nov. 11, 2019.

“The suspension is supported by the organization’s national office and follows a university investigation in which evidence of member hazing was uncovered. Hazing is not tolerated at the University of South Carolina, and those who engage in the practice face disciplinary action.

“The university provides extensive education and training to new and existing members of fraternities and sororities about hazing and other abusive behaviors, and how to report it if it occurs. The reporting process worked in this case, resulting in the organization and its members being held accountable for their actions.

“We encourage anyone who knows of hazing activities in any student organization to contact the university’s 24/7 reporting hotline at 803-777-5800.”

Tad Lichtenauer, spokesman for Lambda Chi Alpha, said that the Lambda Chi Alpha Board of Directors became aware of the latest accusations against the Columbia chapter in October 2019 and voted to suspend operations of the Epsilon-Psi chapter effective Nov. 10.



SDSU suspends 14 fraternities after event leads to student’s hospitalization

San Diego State University on Friday suspended 14 fraternities after a student reportedly required medical attention after attending a fraternity event, campus officials said.

University Police said they received a 911 phone call on Thursday morning and were asked to respond to a residence hall in the 6100 block of Montezuma Road, where a student needed medical attention. The student, who was a freshman attending a Phi Gamma Delta fraternity event, was taken to a San Diego-area hospital.

“Given the severity of this incident, and as the safety and wellbeing of students is a primary concern of the university, SDSU President Adela de la Torre has suspended the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and all chapter organizations under the council,” SDSU said in a statement.

The decision, effective Friday, does not affect the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Association or the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, according to the university. Nor does it impact the chapters affiliated with those organizations.