Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Scarlet Letter at Amherst

It's not for the making the varsity:

"Expelled under new policy, ex-Amherst College student files suit; Amherst accused of ignoring evidence in alleged sexual assault" by Walter V. Robinson Globe Staff  May 29, 2015

In December 2013, Amherst College imposed its first major sanction under a new get-tough sexual misconduct policy, expelling a 21-year-old senior after a disciplinary board concluded that he had forced a female classmate to perform oral sex during an alcohol-infused encounter nearly two years earlier.

Just turn your head and spit it out.

In April 2014, however, the expelled student presented the college with new evidence — a series of text messages the woman sent to two other male students immediately after the alleged rape, according to a lawsuit. To one, a dorm counselor, she described the sexual encounter in language that suggested it was consensual and she wrote, “It’s pretty obvi [obvious] I wasn’t an innocent bystander.’’

To the other student, she sent text messages inviting him over later that same night to “entertain” her — an invitation that resulted in a second sexual encounter, according to text messages and an affidavit by the male student. The accuser testified during the disciplinary hearing that she had texted a friend to come over after the alleged attack.

I'm going to take the rest behind closed doors.

In the 13 months since the expelled student obtained the texts and gave them to college officials, it appears Amherst has taken no public steps to revisit its decision to expel the student. On Friday, his lawyer, Max D. Stern, filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Springfield, arguing that the college is guilty of a miscarriage of justice against his client, who is identified as “John Doe.’’

In the weeks after he was expelled and ordered to leave campus, Doe was alerted to the existence of the text messages and obtained copies of both sets of texts with the help of friends, according to Stern. The text messages are included in the lawsuit.

Citing the text messages, Stern charged in his lawsuit that Amherst’s investigation of the episode by an outside lawyer was “grossly inadequate,’’ overlooking signs that Stern says would have cleared his client. What’s more, the lawsuit also asserts that the action taken against John Doe, who is Asian-American, is part of a pattern since 2013 in which the college has sanctioned only “male students of color’’ for sexual misconduct.

Pete Mackey, the Amherst College spokesman, said in a statement that the college’s disciplinary process is consistent with federal requirements and is fair to all parties.

“That process was followed in this case,” he said.

“We are confident that the process the college followed was appropriate and that the court will conclude that the College’s process was fair,’’ Mackey said.

His statement did not address a question from the Globe about whether the college is still confident that the decision was right. He did, however, say that the charge that only male students of color have been disciplined is “incorrect.”

Doe’s accuser, who is identified in the lawsuit by the pseudonym Sandra Jones, did not respond to requests for comment.

The lawsuit is also likely to further fuel an ongoing debate about the tough new standards on sexual assault adopted by colleges and universities under federal government pressure, standards that many legal scholars believe violate the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct.

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I know it's not going to be well-received and I don't even like pointing it out myself; however, the stinks of an attempt by government and authority to regulate sexual behavior. It's not Nuremberg, but they ware in the bed with you kids. 

What to do about the related rape and alcohol problems? I dunno.... abstain?

Under the standard ordered by the US Department of Education, Doe was judged guilty under a “preponderance of the evidence,’’ meaning the three-member disciplinary board — made up of officials from neighboring colleges — found it more likely than not that the allegation was true, said the letter to Doe expelling him. In the past, Amherst and other colleges had used a tougher standard of proof — clear and convincing evidence of guilt.

Meanwhile, the expelled student is in academic and professional limbo. His transcript, which he would need to finish his degree or get a higher position, says he was expelled for disciplinary reasons, according to the lawsuit.

Now 22, he was looking forward to a career that probably would have been enhanced by a degree from one of the country’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges

For now, he said in an interview, he works at a small company where he started as an intern last year before getting his first promotion.

His superiors wonder why he did not finish college. And he said he is so embarrassed about what happened that he stays home at night, and is so ashamed of being seen by former classmates that he wears sunglasses when riding the subway.

He has a teenage brother. “I had wanted to be a good role model for him, so this is so disappointing,” he said, as his eyes filled with tears. His father knows he was expelled, but not why.

He asked that he not be identified. Though he wants his name cleared, he said he does not want notice of the case to follow him on Google for life. As for his accuser, it is the Globe’s policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they decide otherwise.

The sexual encounter that is now in dispute occurred in the early morning of Feb. 5, 2012, months before Amherst became prominently ensnared in a national maelstrom over insensitivity to women students who had been sexually assaulted.

In October 2012, a former student, Angie Epifano, published a harrowing account of how Amherst had her involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility after she resisted pleas by Amherst’s sexual assault counselor to forget about her rape and forgive her alleged assailant.

Don't worry, eventually she falls in love with the guy. Haven't you watched Hollywood soap operas before?

In 2011, Amherst was one of 55 colleges and universities threatened with the loss of federal funds unless they moved quickly to investigate and punish sexual abusers.

With alacrity, Amherst shifted gears: It forced out the sexual assault counselor. It adopted tough new guidelines governing student behavior and the reporting of sexual misconduct. And it implemented a new disciplinary process designed to deal expeditiously and forcefully with sexual misconduct, in part by adopting the “preponderance of the evidence’’ standard. Doe was the first Amherst student tried under that standard.

The disputed sexual encounter began late on a Friday night, when Jones, the accuser, and Doe were sophomores. He had been dating her roommate, who was out of town, for a month.


According to accounts by the accuser and witnesses given to Allyson Kurker, the outside investigator brought in by Amherst, Doe arrived in a fourth-floor dormitory lounge where several friends had gathered. He was very drunk. She was tipsy.

Within minutes, they were “making out’’ in front of the others, and then left and went to her dorm room.

In her initial written complaint, Jones said that in the dorm room, the entire encounter was forcible. But in her interview with Kurker and during the hearing, she said the oral sex was initially consensual; then, after Doe boasted about “hooking up” with both her and her roommate, she told him to stop. He refused to do so, she said, according to the hearing transcript.

In his defense, Doe said he was not the kind of person who would do such a thing. But he told the disciplinary board he was so drunk that night he had no memory of the encounter.

During the 2013 hearing, Jones’s roommate testified that she had learned Jones had exchanged text messages with a resident dorm counselor just after the alleged rape. But the school made no effort to contact the counselor or obtain the texts, according to the hearing record.

When a hearing officer asked Jones about those texts, she replied: “I didn’t want to address what had happened to me and I was in no position yet to accept that it had been rape. So in my text messaging [to counselor] I only said things about the hook-up as if it had been consensual.”

In the lawsuit, Stern argues that the texts contain evidence that make it clear the sexual encounter with Doe was consensual and initiated by Jones; that she deliberately misled the college’s investigator and the hearing board; that she was motivated to make the allegations so her roommate would not blame her for what happened; and that Doe, who was incapacitated that night, is the real victim in the case.

This is about the time I step out of the room and start distancing myself from these kind of kids. 

In the texts, which extend over several hours, Jones and the dorm counselor exchanged the following messages:

Jones: “Ohmygod, I jus[sic] did something so [expletive] stupid.”

Counselor: “What did you do?”

Jones responded that she had sex with Doe. Then she expressed concern that her roommate would find out, noting that her roommate’s friends had witnessed the start of the encounter.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!!!

The counselor’s recommendation was to blame Doe for the encounter. Her reply: “But I mean [roommate] knows me it’s pretty obvi I wasn’t an innocent bystander.’’

As she was texting with the counselor, Jones was also texting another male classmate to come to her room: “I mean I happen to have my room to myself this weekend if you wanted to come over and entertain me.”

She really seemed crushed by the experience. The last thing we need is another Virginia.

Hours later, Jones had another text exchange with the counselor that indicated she and that classmate had sex after hours of conversation.

In an affidavit he signed in April 2014, the classmate, who turned over his text messages to Doe early last year, said he had sex that February night with Jones, who was friendly and flirtatious, and did not appear “anxious, stressed, depressed or otherwise in distress.’’

Well, Que Sera, Sera.


More mind f***s on campus?

Tufts lifts shelter-in-place order hours after ‘apparent’ frat house stabbing

I'm not going to hang around to see if it's another self-inflicted hoax.

"A man who graduated from Yale University last week stabbed a fellow student at an off-campus apartment building Tuesday morning before jumping out of a ninth-floor window to his death, police said. Authorities said the altercation happened around 5:30 a.m. at the Taft Apartments across the street from the Ivy League campus. Tyler Carlisle, who majored in philosophy and worked on Republican political campaigns, fell six stories onto a third-floor ledge of the building after stabbing Alexander Michaud, 21, New Haven police said. Authorities have not released details on what happened before the stabbing. Michaud was listed in stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital."

It was all over a cigarette?

"University of Rhode Island campus police will start carrying guns, making it the final public university in the nation to arm its officers. The school has spent a year getting ready for Friday’s change. The move to arm police came after a false alarm in 2013, when a panic was set off on the bucolic campus after some students in a lecture hall thought they heard someone say they had a gun. It took about five minutes for armed police from South Kingstown to arrive. No gun was found. University officials say the change will ensure safety. While the change has support among students, many faculty members oppose it. Frank Annunziato of the faculty union says guns are unnecessary and will only cause problems on a campus with little crime."


"University of Rhode Island officials have postponed arming campus police with guns, citing delays in mandatory requirements. URI president David Dooley had said officers would begin carrying guns this month, but university spokeswoman Linda Acciardo told the Providence Journal that arming the police won’t start until mid-April at the earliest. Spring semester classes start Wednesday. All 29 URI officers graduated from the state Municipal Police Training Academy, but they need to pass background checks, psychological tests, and weapons training — in that order — before they can carry guns. State Police did the background checks in October, which was two months later than planned and delayed the other testing. URI is the only public university in the country where campus police don’t carry firearms."

Oh yeah?

"The Rhode Island Senate is set to vote Tuesday on a proposal to allow local education officials to formulate school security plans behind closed doors despite concerns from open government groups. The measure would allow locally elected school officials to hold closed-door discussions about school safety policies, including the arming of school security guards or the procedure for notifying parents after an emergency. Supporters including Governor Lincoln Chafee say the secrecy would prevent a potential attacker from learning details of a school’s security plans. But opponents like the Rhode Island Press Association and the American Civil Liberties Union say the bill is too broad." 


"The University of Rhode Island’s faculty union is opposing plans by the school’s administration to arm campus police. The Providence Journal reported that the union said research has not proven that armed officers increase campus safety. The state Board of Education plans to vote May 20 on whether to allow Rhode Island’s three public higher education institutions to arm their police forces. State lawmakers are also reviewing legislation on the issue. URI administrator Robert Weygand told the board this week that it took armed South Kingstown officers five minutes longer than unarmed campus police to ­respond to an April 4 report of a gunman."

"URI president renews call for arming campus cops" by Erika Niedowski and David Klepper  |  Associated Press, April 06, 2013

PROVIDENCE — The president of the University of Rhode Island has renewed his call to arm campus police after reports of a gunman at the school prompted a lockdown, and at least two state lawmakers are reviving efforts to authorize it.

President David Dooley said he has long supported arming URI officers and that Thursday’s lockdown would likely prompt discussion of the issue ‘‘with even more intensity.’’

Even thought THERE WAS NO GUN or GUNMAN!??!!

Two Rhode Island lawmakers, Democrat Joseph Almeida of Providence and Republican Doreen Costa of North Kingstown, said Friday they will urge the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing officers to be armed at the state’s public universities. Previous legislative efforts have languished, leaving Rhode Island the only state that prohibits it.

‘‘If you’ve got trained officers already on campus, they would be able to respond,’’ said Almeida, a former police officer and sponsor of a bill that would allow campus police to carry guns. ‘‘I feel for the officers at URI — they had to call the local and state police.’’ 


Oh, right, I forgot, cases of police killings and brutality never occur here in AmeriKa.

State Police continued Friday to learn what happened to prompt the scare. After hundreds of interviews with students, authorities determined only that someone apparently knocked on the door of an auditorium in Chafee Hall and said something that some inside interpreted as ‘‘I have a gun,’’ said Colonel Steven O’Donnell, the State Police superintendent.

Yeah, killers always knock. Readers, WhoTF came up with this BULLS*** STORY?

State Police listened to audio from inside the lecture hall and heard a voice say, ‘‘I’m a nice guy,’’ but they could not tell if there was a reference to a gun, he said. The comments prompted students to flee and the campus to be locked down.

Authorities never found a gun or a shooter and said there was never any danger.


O’Donnell said authorities are trying to identify the person who was outside the classroom.

KEEP THAT in MIND, readers.

The incident has renewed the debate about whether campus officers should be allowed to carry firearms. Eva Mancuso, of the Rhode Island Board of Education, said discussion of the issue will be part of a broader look by the board at safety.

You can SEE what is GOING ON HERE, right?

‘‘The issue is you don’t just give people guns — you have to have training,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s one of the many issues that we have to look at when we talk about school safety. The most important factor in my mind is: There is no evidence that the arming or unarming of campus police had anything to do with the incident that happened’’ at URI.

Yeah, because THERE WAS NO "INCIDENT."


Was this JUST ANOTHER DRILL GONE "LIVE" being reported as such in the paper, or....

"URI gunman scare was false alarm, authorities say" by Todd Feathers  |  Globe Correspondent, April 04, 2013

The University of Rhode Island and law enforcement authorities said a report of a shooter on its South Kingstown campus was a false alarm. An investigation revealed that “at no time was there a gun or an active shooter on the campus,” Rhode Island State Police Captain Frank B. Castallone said.

The campus was placed in lockdown shortly before noon, and university alert systems advised students and staff to remain indoors for over two hours while police searched the Chafee Social Science Center, where the gunman was reported to be located.... 

Think of it as a fire drill, kids, because that's what it was.

Ahnise Kassab, a student at the school, said in a telephone interview that he was in a physiology class in the Chafee center when a student several rows in front of him stood and yelled, “I’m done being a nice guy!”

Kassab said he did not see the student with a gun but heard another person scream that the student had one, prompting a rush for the classroom’s doors....

Wait a minute. 

The AUTHORITIES are telling me this happened OUTSIDE the CLASSROOM! 

What the F***??????!!!!!!

At a press conference on campus, Castallone said the professor in the classroom told them that a male student had yelled, “I’m a good guy and I have a gun.”

And after the "investigation" the story has CHANGED?

Castallone said officers found several Nerf guns in a backpack that was left in the auditorium, but authorities have not determined whether or not the fake guns or their owner were involved in the incident.


Little soft, spongy, foamy Nerf guns were dropped, I mean, planted, I mean found at the scene? 

Is there ANY MORE S*** you want to PILE on this MOUND?!!!!

David M. Dooley, the university’s president, said URI would examine whether a student group called the Humans vs. Zombies Organization was involved in the incident.

Who are they?

Related: Zumba and Zombies

Also seeOur zombies, ourselves

I have to admit, there are a hell of a lot of brain-dead Amerikans out there.

Zombies 'invade' Boston

How much of our tax loot did they eat?

The group’s website said students in the organization play a modified game of tag, in which “human” students must defend themselves with socks or toy dart guns from “zombie” students who are trying to tag them.

Wait until the first armed campus officer blows away a kid thinking he had a gun. 

Either that, or NO MORE GAMES ON CAMPUS, kids!!!!

Kind of a sick game of tag anyway, if you ask me.

“We have the group on campus, they’re a recognized group and we’ve never had any problems in the past,” Dooley said.

Well, armed campu$ police might make it a problem, if you know what I mean.

After locking the campus down and advising everyone to stay indoors unless they were in Chafee, police went through the Chafee Social Science Center building, the largest building on campus, room by room. Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the university posted a statement saying that the campus was safe....

Why wouldn't it have been? 


Have you HAD it with the mind-manipulating, agenda-pushing PSY-OPS, folks?

I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't start labeling all the alleged shooting and gunmen incidents being reported by the agenda-pushing ma$$ media as hoaxes.  They don't really expect us to believe the cock-and-bull crap that comes from the mouthpieces of authority, do they? They just don't care is all. 

"Police press inquiry at URI campus" by Todd Feathers  |  Globe Correspondent, April 08, 2013

Tensions remain high at the University of Rhode Island, where police are searching for a man who made a “worrying” phone call Friday, a day after the South Kingstown campus was locked down for several hours following reports of an active gunman, school officials said.

University police responded to the school’s library Friday night after two students reported overhearing a suspicious phone conversation, said Major Stephen Baker, of the university’s police. At this time, there is no evidence that the man who made the call is connected to Thursday’s incident, when police swarmed the campus looking for a man who witnesses said knocked on a classroom door and said he had a gun, Baker said.

Oh, is that what happened?

“The phone conversation [on Friday] did not contain a specific threat but did [worry] the two students,” he said. 

Please STOP IT with the f***ing PSY-OP, 'kay?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baker said authorities have not identified the suspect from Thursday’s incident.

That's because THERE WAS NO SUSPECT!

After the campus was taken out of lockdown Thursday, State Police said they found no evidence that there was ever a shooter or a gun on the campus.

But State Police returned to the campus Monday to question witnesses in an attempt to identify the man who sparked Thursday’s alarm.

Yeah, AND.... ??????????


Mission accomplished, 'eh?


At Urban College, Walsh reflects on his struggles

And because of his problems we can't have legal pot.

University of New Haven set to ban tobacco products on campus

Two hurt, one seriously, in stabbing at Tufts fraternity

See what happens when you take their smokes away?

"A Rhode Island woman has filed a lawsuit that accuses the New England Institute of Art and others of providing lax security that allowed an intruder to enter her dormitory and sexually assault her."

I pray it's not another, you know....