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Duke University’s New Sexist Rape Policy

Posted by Casey on December 21, 2009

New evidence has suggested that sexual misconduct on college campuses have declined. Sounds like great news, but there is an explanation. According to some in academia that simply means that “a plethora of rapes are going unreported.” One Ada Gregory, director of the Duke Women’s Center explained the decline as “higher IQ” males, such as those at Duke, could be “highly manipulative and coercive.”

Uh huh. Naturally, if there are less cases of misconduct it must be due to smart men manipulating weak women. And that’s coming from the Women’s Center?

More on the new policy …

The revised policy requires involving the Women’s Center in the disciplinary process for all known allegations of sexual misconduct and empowers the Office of Student Conduct to investigate even if the accuser does not want to proceed.

Duke’s rules define sexual misconduct so broadly and vaguely as to include any sexual activity without explicit “verbal or nonverbal” consent, which must be so “clear” as to dispel “real or perceived power differentials between individuals [that] may create an unintentional atmosphere of coercion” (emphasis added).

The disciplinary rules deny the accused any right to have an attorney at the hearing panel or to confront his accuser. The rules also give her — but not him — the right to be treated with “sensitivity”; to make opening and closing statements; and to receive copies of investigative documents.

Looks like Duke hasn’t learned their lesson.

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